John Armleder, Stéphane Kropf, John Tremblay and Guests

John Armleder
Angry Kale 1, 2015
acrylic on wall dimensions variable unique
Photo, Fredrik Nilsen

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Force of Nature

John Armleder's puddle paintings are shaped by gravity at Los Angeles group exhibition...

If you like your art messy in the vein of Jackson Pollock, then John Armeleder’s ongoing Puddle Painting series will be right up your street. Like his famed predecessor, Armleder lets gravity take most of the strain. The Swiss artist begins by pouring large quantities of paint onto canvas, and then, before they are completely dry, adds foreign objects such as glitter, toys, jewellery and bric-a-brac which stick to the pools, creating texture and unusual juxtapositions. The canvas is then propped upright, allowing the remaining liquid paint to run downwards through the various layers, reshaping the entire composition.

Armleder’s puddle paintings are one of the key exhibits of a group show he is leading at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles. Four friends and colleagues — Stéphane Kropf, John Tremblay, Mai-Thu Perret and Blair Thurman — join Armleder on the collaborative installation, and one of the main joint works from the group forms the backdrop to the exhibition. Their wall stencil featuring a repeating bunch of grumpy-looking kale sets a humorous tone for the show, which runs until 25 April.

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John Armleder, Stéphane Kropf, John Tremblay at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles John Armleder, Stéphane Kropf, John Tremblay at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

John Armleder
Wild Cuckoo, 2014
mixed media on canvas
157 3/4 x 118 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches
(400.7 x 300.4 x 3.8 cm)
Photo, Ellen Page

John Armleder, Stéphane Kropf, John Tremblay at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles John Armleder, Stéphane Kropf, John Tremblay at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

Stéphane Kropf
Alen, 2015
acrylic on canvas
70 3/4 x 70 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches
(179.7 x 179.7 x 4.4 cm)

John Armleder, Stéphane Kropf, John Tremblay at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles John Armleder, Stéphane Kropf, John Tremblay at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles John Armleder, Stéphane Kropf, John Tremblay at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

John Tremblay
Brix / Mortar, 2015 [Detail]
aluminum, enamel ink silkscreen and acrylic on canvas
45 1/2 x 46 1/2 x 1 inches
(115.6 x 118.1 x 2.5 cm)
Photo, Fredrik Nilsen

John Armleder, Stéphane Kropf, John Tremblay at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

Blair Thurman
Step Class, 2014
neon on wood
45 x 45 x 5 inches
(114.3 x 114.3 x 12.7 cm)
Photo, Fredrik Nilsen

John Armleder, Stéphane Kropf, John Tremblay at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles John Armleder, Stéphane Kropf, John Tremblay at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

Mai-Thu Perret
Uncle Toby (Yellow), 2015 neon
59 1/16 x 59 1/16 x 1 3/4 inches
(150 x 150 x 4.4 cm)
Photo, Fredrik Nilsen

John Armleder, Stéphane Kropf, John Tremblay at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

Installation images courtesy,
David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

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