Gallery Pick of the Week: The Irreverent Abstraction of Chris Barnard at Luis De Jesus in Culver City

The new show from Chris Barnard, entitled White Tide, opens this Saturday, September 12th, at Luis De Jesus Gallery in Culver City. An artist's reception (always free, open to the public and lots of fun) will be held this Saturday, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Here's how the gallery describes the piece to the left: In Deepwater Horizon: "A tiny white swirl ascends from the deep blue at the bottom center of the painting suggesting an oil spill rising to the surface. This pivotal composition suggests looking down into the water from above, the surface of the painting becoming the surface of the water, the trickle of white bubbling up carrying with it multi-color paint scraps, resulting in a thick layer of white paint resting on the water's/painting's surface."

Here's what the gallery has to say about exhibition's namesake painting, White Tide (above): "White is "a rising tide, coming in waves, unending", overtaking and destroying its own environment. Barnard employs white paint as a compositional parasite, able to alter, subsume, and even destroy all that it touches. Exploring the vibrancy of more gestural, intuitive painting in Invasive Species, thick white paint seeps into the cracks between bright colors, insipidly dominating the canvas."

The show will be open through October 17, 2015. 

Luis De Jesus Gallery is located at 2685 S. La Cienega Blvd.

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