The College of the Canyons Art Gallery will showcase the work of Los Angeles-based painter Sheldon Figoten in a one-person exhibition of new paintings, “Light Fields,” opening Saturday, Oct. 28.
With a deft nod to the luminaries of California Hard-Edge painting that inspired him, artists like John McLaughlin, Karl Benjamin, and Fredrick Hammersly, Figoten’s large-scale works take things further, pairing vibrant color with unexpected angles and compelling curves that engage viewers both viscerally and conceptually.
“These are new paintings by Mr. Figoten and we are delighted to present them to our COC community,” said Pamela Lewis, COC art gallery director. “Geometric abstract painters in California expanded the art world’s very definitions of what painting could be. Sheldon Figoten is an important member of that pioneering group of painters. He was innovating then, and continues to innovate now.”
Long dedicated to the potential of geometric abstraction, Figoten has been creating his elegant abstractions for decades.
“I want to see something I haven’t seen before,” said Figoten when asked about his latest series of works. “Modern color. Imbalance. Non-rectilinearity. I’m interested in how we see what we see. That is the subject matter of these paintings. A little bit of quiet beauty in the stream of life. A few minutes of contemplative calm.”
The exhibition “Light Fields” will run through Tuesday, Dec. 7.
A reception for the artist will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.
A special conversation with the artist will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9.
The College of the Canyons Art Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. Those unable to visit the gallery during normal hours are welcome to contact the gallery to schedule a viewing appointment.
All gallery exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public.
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