Hosfelt-Gallery, San Francisco
16 May – 20 June 2015
Reception: Saturday 16 May, 4 – 6pm
In his first solo exhibition in the United States, German painter Bernard Lokai presents two bodies of work – multi-paneled grids he terms „Landscape Blocks“ and singular bold abstractions. Lokai uses the historical vernacular of painting – including the gestural brushstrokes of Abstract Expressionism and the spray paint of graffiti – to simultaneously absorb and disrupt traditions of landscape and abstract painting and to explore the question of how to make a picture. […]
His purpose is neither to express emotion nor reference any particular subject. They are what they are – color, brushstroke, form, composition. Their mood may be discordant or harmonious or both. They are visceral, trans-lingual and endlessly probing.
Bernard Lokai was born in 1960 in Bohumin, Czechoslovakia. After his parents escaped from the former Czechoslovakia Lokai grew up in Duren, Germany. He studied at the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf under Gerhard Richter and now resides in Dusseldorf and Berlin. His work is included in Triennale di Venezia at the Palazzo Albrizzi in Venice concurrent with the 2015 Venice Biennale.
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