This past Saturday, December 12th at the Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City the “Multi-Plane” group show opened up. For the past few weeks I have been seeing some previews of some of the pieces in the show, one of the great reasons to check out artists blogs now and again. The idea of the show is that “Each of these paintings is an original work created on two layers of glass and a masonite panel background, emulating the multi-plane process developed by animators in the 1930’s to create depth in animated features. Each surface is separated by 3/8 of an inch and the entire painting is housed in a custom-made frame.”
Click the read more to see more images and short review of the show. After that head over to the site and check out the rest of the show:
Multi-Plane @ Corey Helford
It’s an amazing idea for a show, the lineup of artists is equally impressive. I was curious to see how each artist would approach this theme, how they would use the layers and what mediums they would use. I can imagine this was not only a fun challenge, but difficult in some respects. Painting on that glass is not as easy as painting on more traditional surfaces. I think it also take a good idea to make full use of what these multiple planes could add to the idea of the painting. The show overall is amazing, but there are some works that are more successful in using the multiple planes than others are. Of course it’s really hard to see the effect of these pieces via the web and not in person. This is truly one of the best examples of a show that you need to see in person. Regardless the paintings that I most exciting are from Dan May, Ana Bagayan, Glenn Barr, Todd Schorr, Amy Sol, Dave Kisney, Carlos Ramos and Krista Huot who I feel used the plane technique to the fullest extent (shown first). The idea to use similar frames was also great. Each of the paintings is 12″ x 12″ and with those frames the show looks very cohesive no matter what style they are painted in.