by Tracy Cruz
To wax or not to wax…that is the question.
Cloistered in Miracle Mile’s notable art district I made my way to the Lawrence Asher Gallery for its opening exhibit which showcased artists Lola del Fresno and Bianca Kolonusz-Partee.
Kolonusz-Partee’s two dimensional industrial landscapes were placed directly onto the gallery walls and created a limitless sense of space and movement. Each landscape was constructed from colorful recycled packaging materials shaped to form American shipping ports. The whimsical colors and varied texture of materials leapt off the bare walls to mimic playful yet monumental architectural structures.
As I shifted through the gallery, I was greeted with a deconstructed painting titled White House by Lola del Fresno. The oil and bees wax layered over the washed out image of a house produced a strikingly nostalgic quality to the work – reminiscent of an old photograph. The draped wax offered a beautiful and calming stillness to the piece. After meeting with Lola – decked out in a chic fur vest complete with matching boots, she remarked that she has been painting her whole life and for as long as she can remember. Her love and appreciation for art began with her grandfather as she recalled how she would sit for portraits with him as a child, while in Spain. Today, as she paints scenes across from her residence in Santa Monica she pays homage to her roots, titling a few of her works in Spanish, a way for her to reconnect with her home away from home.
So if you find yourself around mid-Wilshire, take a stroll down Miracle Mile and don’t miss out on this gem of a gallery. Be sure to check out the exhibit which runs until December 19, 2009.
Who: Lola del Fresno & Bianca Kolonusz-Partee
What: Gallery Opening
Where: Lawrence Asher Gallery
When: Nov. 21, 2009 6-9pm
For more information visit: http://www.lawrenceasher.com/