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Materials laid bare: Revealing painting with Josh Peters

Hi Josh, Away from your paintings, and away from our conversation, I am getting stuck. This often happens when I am writing, and usually I’ll do something surprising to break the dam. Think of this email as that surprising thing. Also, I’m working my iPhone left-handed, which puts my brain in another place. My difficulty in this situation is somewhat apt, given your own experience of taking an enforced time away from painting, then struggling to return to it. The work we are talking about, the work that came after that fallow (?) period, is different from past paintings; these paintings¬† are abstract, not figurative. I would say better that these paintings embody similar moods yet don’t rely a figure or a landscape to persuade me. These new paintings, being less direct and slower to apprehend, open outward and offer more, they aren’t limited to a specific story or allusion. They make me wonder, and therefore I look longer. (This is a long paragraph to communicate what we covered quickly face to face in the studio.) What happened for you, in the time of not making, and then in the time of your struggle to paint, to – in your words – make paintings that look like “Josh Peters” paintings? When I visited your studio, you told me about making three paintings, not trusting them, and leaving them while you took a vacation to an exotic locale. What was the trip like in regards to the paintings waiting for you back home? This process, whether planned or not, seems common to the creative life: you work, things feel right...

Artist Project: Lauren Mackler and Josh Peters – La Californie

Public Fiction is hosting an intimate survey of Los Angeles art. The exhibit is titled ‘La Californie’ and focuses on current, might we even say ascendant, artists here in our fair city. ‘La Californie’ was the name of the villa in the South of France which Picasso moved into in the 1950s, using its art deco living room as his studio. Here the name is used to lend foreignness and exoticism to this foreign and exotic state which has called these artists from all over the country. For the first time ever, the wonderful sumi ink drawings of Steve Canaday, pulled from diary-like notebooks made every month since 2008, will be shown. The other painters will show paintings;¬† Annie Lapin, Rebecca Morris, and Fritz Chesnut will have slathered, stroked, and stained (respectively) canvases on view. Inspired by the communal (and Dionysian) spirit of California, Adam Janes and his friends Justin Miller and Brandon Engstrom¬† have created a still that distills moonshine, Michael Dee has created a video that taps into the eternal west-coast quest for golden psychedelic sounds and Davida Nemeroff has created an installation of large scale photographic prints and mirrors. THE GOLD RUSH / MANIFEST DESTINY. The materials may change but the ambition remains the same: substitute gold for citrus, celebrity, space, light, and freedom. “A strong sense of duty imprisons...