Curated by Katherine Bell
November 14 to December 5, 2009
EXTENDED THRU DEC 15TH, 2009
Robert Berman Gallery is pleased to present For Play, a solo exhibition featuring the work of Los Angeles based artist Alejandro Gehry. For Play will be on view November 14 through December 5, 2009.
Alejandro Gehry, son of prominent architect Frank Gehry, grew up in southern California and has a half-Latin upbringing. This Latin influence is evident in his art consisting of vivid, hot colored paintings and erotic drawings that make an immediate sexual impact. Sensuality and sexuality are two parallels that play a hand in Gehry’s art, often displayed with twisted body shapes and expressive lines. Exciting and graphic, Gehry’s work celebrates the spirit of sexual liberation.
Gehry is known for his expressive pop-influenced paintings and for focusing not only on the human form, but also on human sexuality. His drawings consist of figures engaged in sexual poses, exaggerated gestures, startling color combinations, and jagged contour lines, all pushing boundaries and confronting social taboos. This radical form of emotional intensity allows Gehry, as an artist, to be free of any societal constraints.
Through Gehry’s edgy forms and existential explorations of the human condition, he can be viewed as a modern day romantic hero to generations of young people raised on sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Alejandro expertly infuses his work with the passion and intensity of his Latin heritage, letting heat and excitement radiate to the viewer. His work breaks North American cultural norms, igniting subjects with unrestrained lust accentuated by bold colors and overlapping line images. The occasional juxtaposition of image over image highlights the contrasting opinions about sexual expression particularly relevant in Los Angeles today.
Alejandro Gehry graduated in 1998 with a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and presently resides and works in Venice, California.