For immediate release
David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to announce A Day Without Yesterday, the Los Angeles debut of New York based painter Michael Cline. The opening reception will take place on Friday, September 9th at 6 pm. The exhibition will be on view through October 8th.
The characters in Michael Cline’s enigmatic paintings inhabit a world of awkward moments. Seemingly ordinary circumstances become explicitly surreal. Cline’s subjects, experiencing euphoria and sudden moments of reverie, express transcendence in their everyday existence. A jubilant if not possessed sailor appears to be resigning from life’s dictates. A half-clothed androgyne clutches the chiseled waist of a swaying nude while a man looks on with an expression of glazed glee. These subjects exist within a state of charged indeterminacy.
For Cline, the figures suggest the escapist and utopic ideologies of visionary American communities of the late 19th and early 20th century, e.g. The Harmonists, The Oneida Community, and Theosophists. Cline perceives these “Rousseauian” communities, intent on the possibility of ‘going back to nature’, as being a part of American folklore. In his pictures, this tradition is visualized through rural earthy pigments and storybook-like narratives.
Cline’s solo exhibitions include: The Wrong Gallery, NY., curated by Maurizio Cattelan, Galleria Marta Cervera, Madrid, and Daniel Reich Gallery, NY (all 2005). He has recently been included in group exhibitions in New York at Marianne Boesky Gallery and David Zwirner Gallery.
For more information please contact the gallery at (323) 222-1482, send a fax to (323) 227-7933 or email email@example.com