Review: Alluring 'Little Conversations' with Joshua Aster at Sam Lee
Joshua Aster, "Spin Cycle," 2012, oil on linen, 19 x 18 inches.
(Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles)
In “Little Conversations,” Aster’s first exhibition with Sam Lee Gallery, he seems to have taken a step or two back. He’s shifted from acrylic and watercolor to oils, reduced his canvases to a modest, domestic scale not exceeding 24 inches, and introduced a range of new shapes, made by tracing the outlines of common objects found around the studio. Where many of the earlier works appeared layered and translucent, these are flat and opaque, heavier of step.
A similar air of curiosity prevails, however. They’re simpler paintings, but paintings that shimmer with the promise of a new acquaintance — appealing “little conversations,” in other words, that leave one eager to see where Aster goes from here.
Sam Lee Gallery, 990 N. Hill St., #190, Los Angeles, (323) 788-3535, through Oct. 6. Closed Sunday through Tuesday. www.samleegallery.com
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