Artist James Hayward walk-through at Peter Blake Gallery tomorrow, June 15

Tomorrow, (Saturday, June 15) from 1-2:30 p.m., visitors to the Peter Blake Gallery at 435 Ocean Ave. will have the opportunity to view the exhibition Monochromes by artist James Hayward.

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Photos courtesy of Peter Blake Gallery

Artist James Hayward

Hayward’s (b. 1943, San Francisco, Calif.) focus on the monochrome easily positions his interpretation within the lineage of abstract painting, from Malevich and Mondrian to Reinhardt and Ryman. They exist as immediate visual experiences apart from any representational reference, where the reception of the work is reflected within the work itself.

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Hayward’s exhibition “Monochromes”

Beginning in the 1970s with the “automatic” or flat paintings devoid of the artist’s mark to the thicker, impasto “monochrome abstractions” that have defined his more recent work, both techniques explore color – extending from pure hues to complex combinations – through different effects, varying grades of opacity, thickness and texture. Every subsequent marking, built up from the surface to the point where they form sculptural peaks and fissures, is pivotal to the structural physicality of the work. This process creates an irreproducible distinct identity that dually epitomizes and affirms the physical act of painting. The end results are seductive studies of color effortlessly intertwining with the materiality of paint.

Offsite exhibitions:

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From the exhibition by artist Joe Goode, Laguna Beach, 1993

Artist Reception, Joe Goode, June 15, 4-6 p.m. at Honarkar Foundation for Arts and Culture, 298 Broadway St., Laguna Beach.

Exhibition: June 4-July 20

Curated by Genevieve Williams at the Honarkar Foundation.

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From exhibition “On the Edge”

Laguna Art Museum

On the Edge Exhibition: Los Angeles Art from The Joan and Jack Quinn Family Collection at the Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

Exhibition: March 24-September 22


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