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Joshua Aster
So I Went To A Place
Jun 4 - Jul 9, 2016

Opening reception Saturday, June 4, 6-9pm

Press Release

LAXART is pleased to present So I Went to a Place, an exhibition of around 200 paintings by Joshua Aster. Painting on 14 3/4-inch x 11 3/4-inch birch panels, Aster creates a structural system of abstraction that seem to plot individual points in an immersive, graph-like installation. Each painting seems engaged in a formal play exploring color theory, crossfading, line weight, layering, movement, synesthesia, and memory. Often painted outdoors, some works trace the moving light and the edges of shadows from three-dimensional objects. In this way, the abstractions become impressions or recordings of specific times and places with colors influenced by those locales. Titles of these works are poetic and lyrical, such as gyroscopic equilibrium; little conversations in the grass; seismic backgammon; and raspberry quilt

Aster—who shares a studio and ongoing dialogue with Kristin Calabrese—completed many works this series during his time at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire and in Joshua Tree, California alongside Calabrese. He explains, “This is a gathering of paintings from the past two years. Some of them came from memories that spiraled quickly into a shape before a thought. In these works, I try and break the image down to the tendrils of paint, while seeking a dimensional divide to put shapes in space like a puzzle.” 

Born 1976 in New York, Joshua Aster received a master of fine art degree from University of California Los Angeles (2007) and a bachelor of fine art degree from Skidmore College in New York (1998).  He has been featured in exhibitions throughout the United States: solo shows at Carl Berg Gallery in Los Angeles, Karl Hutter Fine Art in Beverly Hills, and Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City (Utah).  His work has also been included in various group exhibitions at Roberts & Tilton, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Michael Kohn Gallery, PØST Gallery, Taylor de Cordoba, and Pepin Moore in Los Angeles, Angstrom Gallery in Dallas, and Plane Space in New York.  Aster is a founding member of the artist collective OJO, which has had solo projects at MOCA, Los Angeles and LAXART.