Going out to all the painters, artists and mystics I know (updated with new images 3-4-11)(and a Mieke Marple update on 3-7-11)

Frederick Wight, "Image of an Hour," 1979, oil on canvas, 47 x 67 inches © estate of Frederick S. Wight, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts

Frederick Wight, "Image of an Hour," 1979, oil on canvas, 47 x 67 inches © estate of Frederick S. Wight, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts

Frederick S. Wight: Radiant Skies at Louis Stern Fine Art on west Melrose.

THIS SHOW CLOSES SATURDAY, MARCH 5!!!!!!!

I only now am finding out that the exhibition even exists. I am such a bad looker. I would fain miss these paintings. Good Lord I feel so badly about not letting you know sooner, perhaps we’ll all meet up at Stern’s on Saturday?

I drove past the gallery Saturday morning and happened to glance right at the stop sign. Fate, I guess. This morning I sent an email with the subject line: “Something you don’t want to miss” and I used the greeting: “To some of my favorite painters, artists and mystics, Frederick Wight paintings are on view at Louis Stern.”

One of my friends responded thus:

“Geoff, Thanks for sending this.  I became a fan of Frederick Wight when I saw
a show at Sterns called Visions of California five or so years ago.
This was before I had started making paintings again and it was
motivational — that’s almost embarrassing to type.  He was really
able to make representations of light that make me feel like the sun
is in my eyes.  I hope to see the show before Friday.”

I squealed in dismay when I read that the show closes so soon, I hadn’t noticed when I checked the website.

I am taking the images for this post from a variety of sources, including Art Fix Daily. Enjoy and do go see the show.

Frederick Wight, "San Andreas Fault" 1985, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches © estate of Frederick S. Wight, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts

Frederick Wight, "San Andreas Fault" 1985, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches © estate of Frederick S. Wight, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts

Frederick Wight, "Western Sea" 1984, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches ©  estate of Frederick S. Wight, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts

Frederick Wight, "Western Sea" 1984, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches © estate of Frederick S. Wight, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts

I will also recommend to you a monograph that Stern gallery published titled Seeing the Light: Postmodern Luminous Landscapes with text by Michael Duncan.

Frederick Wight, Sky Event, 1969, oil on canvas, 42 x 75 inches. This image is the cover of the Postmodern Luminous Landscapes monograph. Link in image is to Stern Publications page.

Frederick Wight, Sky Event, 1969, oil on canvas, 42 x 75 inches. This image is the cover of the Postmodern Luminous Landscapes monograph. Link in image is to Stern Publications page.

For other FS Wight information read this brief bio from the Dictionary of Art Historians. Note that Wight’s text (indeed Wight’s seminal and necessary text!) on Arthur Dove is available again, from Amazon.

Being a relentless hero-worshiper I will also refer you to Steve Roden’s thoughts on Arthur Dove’s paintings and Frederick S. Wight’s book in his October 2009 blog post When the mind’s eye and the eye’s eye play with memory… hereby I have wrapped three hero’s into one sentence, and by association I have included as hero’s all the painters, artists and mystics that read this post of mine.

Have an amazing day. I know I will.

Geoff

Update on Friday, March 4 at 6:34 pm: additional images courtesy of Lisa Banks at Louis Stern Gallery, who graciously offered me these images to supplement this post. Did I forget to tell you that Louis Stern Gallery is at 9002 Melrose Ave in West Hollywood? Hmmm, make that Louis Stern Fine Arts. Silly of me. I did an entirely impromptu Facebook and email response poll and I find that artists Jill Newman (Newman on Artslant), Caitlin Lonegan, Josh Peters (Peters’ own website), Eamon Ore-giron and Lesley Moon along with design professional and blogger David John (of You Have Been Here Some Time) favor “San Andreas Fault,” and it seemed like Steve Roden and Mark Roeder (an also on Youtube here) are partial to “Image of an Hour.” Let me quickly add Itza Vilaboy to this list. I believe Vilaboy has recently published or will soon publish a volume of her writings (on Zg Press). I hate to be so vague, but all I know is that James Krone penned an introduction for her. Lesley Moon has a show opening at Workspace on Saturday, March 12. Roden along with Olga Koumoundouros have solo shows opening at Susanne Vielmetter Thursday, March 17 (you heard it here first!!).

Indeed my friends I get to have much more fun than most people. Can urge you to look at the sites I provide for these artists? You will be pleased and amazed by what you find and by the rigor and integrity of the work being produced in our fair city. Note that they are all lovers of Frederick S. Wight.

Another small addendum, Lesley Moon gave me this precious bit of historical information(which I shall add to my magnum opus which is to be titled Each Minute in the Los Angeles Art Community from 2001 to… (Just kidding about the tome.)

Moon quote:

“Mieke Marple produced a piece in one of our early UCLA undergrad juried shows which was called “The Frederick Gallery”. It was a three-walled gallery with shows by students and a few hottie established artists alike that changed every couple of days. It was called the Frederick Gallery because it was located in the middle of the New Wight Gallery (that Frederick Wight, of course – you know that, I’m sure…) It was an inspiring place that seemed to hold the magic of what knowing Frederick Wight on a first-name basis could have been like. We did lots of fun things in the Frederick Gallery – for my show I played the Kinks’ ragtimey song Mirror of Love every eighteen minutes for all the dear gallery goers. This was back in 2006. I found her business card from “Frederick” not more than two days ago floating around in my studio.”

Mieke Marple and Mieke Marple on Vimeo and also The Lives of Objects and interview with Michelle Grabner. Wonderful web-work on The Lives of Objects!

A note from Monday, March 7, 2010: I heard from Mieke Marple and have a few corrections. I changed the image from one of a gallery business card to one provided by Marple which shows the installation. As concerns my link to The Lives of Objects – I quote Mieke: “The Lives of Objects is dead for the moment. I am currently investigating the lives of objects outside of the internet so that website is on an indefinite hiatus.”

I regret this but have every faith that Mieke will come up with something equally amazing. If you visited her website in the past (perhaps one of the several times that I have offered you a link to it in the past two years) then you will know how cool it was. Um, just you wait. Imagine what may be next from Mieke Marple! (And if you’re suddenly thinking of Jodorowsky’s “The Holy Mountain” right now then….. I leave you hanging with that tantalizing partial thought. (The moment before the moment. Ooooh.)

Image from Frederick Gallery, courtesy Mieke Marple:

Mieke Marple with Ariane Vielmetter at Frederick Gallery, February 2008. This was part of the Undergraduate Juried Exhibition at the UCLA New Wight Gallery. Juror that year was Ali Subotnick. The graphite wall drawing was by Sarah Beadle.

Mieke Marple with Ariane Vielmetter at Frederick Gallery, February 2008. This was part of the Undergraduate Juried Exhibition at the UCLA New Wight Gallery. Juror that year was Ali Subotnick. The graphite wall drawing was by Sarah Beadle.

Frederick Wight (1902-1986) Entrance to the Ranch, August 1980 oil on canvas 51 x 73 inches; 129.5 x 185.4 centimeters © estate of Frederick S. Wight, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts

Frederick Wight (1902-1986) Entrance to the Ranch, August 1980 oil on canvas 51 x 73 inches; 129.5 x 185.4 centimeters © estate of Frederick S. Wight, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts

Frederick Wight (1902-1986) Hour by Hour, 1985 oil on canvas 48 x 60 inches; 121.9 x 152.4 centimeters © estate of Frederick S. Wight, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts

Frederick Wight (1902-1986) Hour by Hour, 1985 oil on canvas 48 x 60 inches; 121.9 x 152.4 centimeters © estate of Frederick S. Wight, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *