Artesilva Gallery continues the exhibition season with an exhibit-dialogue dedicated to two Californian artists: Alex Couwenberg and Laddie John Dill.
Strictly linked to their native land, in the two artists’ works this scent can be felt. Light and color are the key words of their abstract works, that refer to light reflection on the ocean and to warm colors of Californian mileage beaches.
Even if they start from a common inspiration, Couwenberg and Dill arrive to very different solutions. If from one part Couwenberg resumes the oil-on-canvas painting tradition, giving it new energy and depth thanks to geometrical and color effects of surfing and skateboarding world, on the other part Dill break down with this, preferring new techniques and materials experimentation such as plastics, neon, resins, cement, glasses, aluminium, creating light-waves-like works.
Alex Couwenberg is born in 1967 in South California. He get a degree at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and a master at Claremont Graduate School in Claremont. His works have been shown in more than twenty solo exhibitions from the beginning in 1994. He is present in many public and private collections. In 2007 he won Joan Mitchell Foundation prize for painting.
He lives and works in Los Angeles.
Laddie John Dill is born in Long Beach, California, in 1943. In 1968 he got a bachelor at Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. He got two National Endowments for the Arts and John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. He participated to California Arts Council, Art in Public Buildings Program Grant.
He lives in Venice, California.