The Christopher Grimes Gallery will host the exhibition, from March 18 through April 29.
Santa Monica’s Christopher Grimes Gallery will host a solo exhibition of new works by Kevin Appel.
The exhibit will run from March 18 through April 29 at 916 Colorado Avenue.
Appel’s new series of paintings begin as primary arrangements: cut out paper forms referencing the portholes of Jean Prouvé’s Maison Tropicale.
Appel then combines these with his own photographs of fragments of his previous works, landscapes, and images of Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti.
A statement from the gallery explains that Appel’s paintings are “prismatic collages, an investigation of new and old imagery engaged in a recursive conversation where images and forms are pulled from one canvas and used in another, their intersection hinting at a controlled collapse of utopian ideals.”
Appel, 49 was born, raised and lives right here in Los Angeles. He received his BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York and his MFA from University of California, Los Angeles. He is a professor of art and Department Chair of Art in painting and graduate studies at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at University of California, Irvine.
Appel has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico (2003) and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1999). His work is in the permanent collections of such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, among others.