Segment Series 14
by Ricky Allman,
High concept at Marine Contemporary
What started as salon-style group exhibitions in her light-filled pad on Marine Street in Santa Monica back in 2009 has now transformed into a full-fledged gallery. “I was always really interested in the idea of the salon, its history, showing work in the domestic setting, and reinterpreting that idea in the contemporary art world,” says owner and director Claressinka Anderson. Since, she has routed her penchant for the curatorial into other art-related ventures, too, like publishing catalogs and artist books. For the gallery, Anderson keeps a roster of international artists, all with similar practices, though very different aesthetics. “I’m drawn to artists who have a very meticulous way of working and that’s very much manifested in the work and the process,” says the Londoner of her artists’ conceptual-based practices.
For Art Platform—Los Angeles, the model-esque gallerist will be exhibiting three of her heady artists, all of whom have a unifying predilection for a muted color palette, though the subject matter differs drastically. Painter Ricky Allman exhibits his draftsmanship skills in large-scale fictitious, even apocalyptic, landscapes; multimedia artist Kelly Barrie creates hybrids between drawing and photography by using his feet and dark room utensils to draw photoluminescent powder onto paper, which he then photographs over time and compiles to make a seamless digital print; and Debra Scacco, whose work focuses on her feelings of placelessness and lack of belonging, combines words from her diary and abstracted maps to create beautiful ink and watercolor drawings on paper. 1733-A Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310-399-0294