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Art September, 8 2010

Jeff Sonhouse at Martha Otero Gallery

Martha Otero is pleased to present Jeff Sonhouse’s first Los Angeles solo exhibition, ‘Better Off Dead,’ Said The Landlord.  The New York-based artist  deconstructs accepted theories of ownership and invites viewers to reexamine how they interpret relationships of power.

The exhibition will include Sonhouse’s recent portraits of oracular figures that evoke familiarity, such as Papi Shampoo, bearing a Jesus like stance and demeanor. We’re instantly drawn to the silky smooth satin textured vestment and its vividly deep aquamarine and violet colors.  Draped over a brash black and white pinstripe suit with ashen hands in an iconic Pantocrator posture.  The background palette harmonizes burgundy with black, phthalo blues and rich purples into a contemporary vision of a halo.  Maintaining his ingenious approach to mixed media, we see meticulous hair constructed of matches and steel wool combined with composite figures of oil paint. Sonhouse’s unorthodox use of materials successfully disorients the viewers prescribed sense of space. Even more irresistible are Sonhouse’s masks and the intense gaze concealed behind them.

The exhibition runs from September 11 to October 23, 2010.

Above – Mateo Manhood aka Buzz Kill, 2010, Oil on fibreboard

MARTHA OTERO GALLERY
820 N Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046

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