“About boxing,” an art exhibit at Blum and Poe in the Culver City area, compares the movement of boxers to that of painters.
Gallery owner and curator Jeff Poe was inspired by his memories of watching boxing with his father, who boxed in the Navy. Poe began to notice similarities between the boxing ring and an artist’s canvas. “You can see how boxers use the defined canvas to cut and control the edges, or dominate the middle,” he says. In this exhibition, he finds artists whose work reminds him of this controlled action.
“The show is a celebration of artists and their own style and movement across the canvas,” says Lindsay Preston Zappas, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles.
Two polished black obsidian works by Anya Gallaccio hang facing each other in the gallery, and next to them are two red tapestry works by Anna Betbeze. “They started looking like standing boxers, like these two black gloves facing each other and a red robe for each fighter,” says Preston Zappas.
The show features painter Maysha Mohamedi, and if you like her work, Preston Zappas recommends you visit her solo exhibition, “Holy Witness Holy Threatat the parrasch heijnen gallery in Boyle Heights.
His large-scale abstract paintings fill the gallery walls. She uses canvas-colored paint, which Preston Zappas says reminds her of white, as if she’s almost correcting her own marks.
“She actually applies a lot of her paint with her hands, which you might not know at first,” says Preston Zappas. “So there’s this nuance of physical connection that traces the arc of her own body as she does the work.”
A thin line applied with a brush guides the eye, creating additional movement.