Driven to Abstraction

Angeleno painter Miguel Osuna has obviously studied the work of Mark Rothko, the famous abstract artist. Looking at Osuna's own work, we're tempted to infer that he not only studied but enjoyed Rothko. The work at this current exhibit, though, shows the distinct vision of an independently minded painter. Abstract painting is often said to have a sort of template under it, a secret literalism, and Osuna's golds, leaf greens, and skylike inky blacks with white-light streaks seem very Southern Californian to us. Hayabusa, seen here, breaks from the series' strong horizontals to show long ellipticals that remind us of a freeway scene, dangerous and full of poetry.
April 8-May 1, 2009

 
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