2315 Jesse Street
Los Angeles, CA 90023
Opening Reception: Saturday July 23, 2016, 8:00pm – 12:00am
On view through Saturday August 20, 2016
Open Saturdays, 12 – 6pm or by appointment
Curated by Kenn Taylor
Today, danger is promised. Gratitude is swallowed with our losses, and hope contested by the present. The cornerstone of Oily Doily is an ex-voto painting by an unknown artist. An ex-voto is a traditional religious painting of a specific event, most often life threatening or tragic. They are made as offerings to a saint or divinity in return for protection. Each painting in Oily Doily remarks on a complacent threat, evocative of De Chirico’s pittura metafísica, where the shallow surface of a familiar subject is penetrated by an approaching omen. Painting becomes an act of defense, creating a process to document our survival.