Letters to a Young Painter
Street artist-turned-gallery sensation Gregory Siff has always painted, but he didn't always want to be a painter. He came to L.A. from New York City to write and star in the movies but as far as he's concerned, things turned out fine. He has a distinct drawing style that persists across his portraits, urban landscapes and geometric abstractions instantly recognizable despite its relative simplicity, and vibrating with life and chaos. But as is evident in Gallery Brown's exhibition of his recent painting, works on paper and mixed-media sculptures, Gregory Siff: "Matter of Time," he is still writing those stories. Text is frequently an element of his compositions in ways that define pictorial space but also move the plot in this case, expounding on time's irrevocable passing, and the struggle to keep it together when life changes direction on a dime. "I am working on dueling canvases called Life and Death, a recipe of everything I love about everything. There are a lot of unknown markings yet to be made and I like that the story isn't over yet. They are so close to being done, and they look at me as I write this and say, "Don't tell them what we look like, you don't want to ruin the movie.'" Gallery Brown, 140 S. Orlando Ave., W. Hlywd.; Sat., Oct. 20, 6-10 p.m.; exhibit runs Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., noon-4 p.m.;, thru Nov. 20; free. (323) 651-1956, gallerybrown.com.
Tuesdays-Fridays. Starts: Oct. 23. Continues through Nov. 20, 2012
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