A Tale of Two Openings: Peter Blake and Brett Rubbico Galleries

What do you do if you are a respected gallery owner and a highly anticipated show looks like it won’t come to fruition just one week before the opening? If you’re Peter Blake you somehow pull together three solo shows of leading LA-based contemporary artists, within days of the opening event. On Saturday night at the Peter Blake Gallery in Laguna Beach ­­it appeared as if this was the plan all along: the shows were as flawlessly put together as we have come to expect with this gallery, featuring collections of three complementary yet distinct artists: Scott Heywood, Joe Goode and John M. Miller

John M. Miller, Untitled A002

John M. Miller, Untitled A002

Surrounded by several of Miller’s pieces in various shades of black and gray can make you a bit cross-eyed. I want one of these in my front room so I can hypnotize guests into doing my bidding.

Scott Heywood, Poles Black Yellow Gray

Scott Heywood, Poles Black Yellow Gray

Vibrant acrylic paint on individual canvases creating a Mondrian-esque effect. The intrigue of Heywood’s pieces is the imbalanced composition, which challenges our discomfort with things that don’t “line up”.

Joe Goode, Travelogue 39 (tree)

Joe Goode, Travelogue 39 (tree)

Recent small multi-media work by the venerable LA artist Joe Goode plays with the idea of “seeing through,” in this case with some sort of epoxy over a photograph of a tree. Most of this work by the Oklahoma-born artist focuses on nature elements: water, trees or a tornado.

Peter Blake Gallery Opening with Scott Heywood's work in the background

Peter Blake Gallery Opening with Scott Heywood’s work in the background

The Brett Rubbico opening of MORE of Less by artist Michael Maas in Newport Beach was well attended by members of the OC gallery scene mixed with  LA-based artists, writers and photographers. It’s pretty commendable when an opening can inspire the reverse commute from LA to OC on a Saturday night.  We had a long conversation with the artist as well as Mat Gleason of the Huffington Post and Coagula Curatorial.

Similar in some ways to Miller’s work at Peter Blake, but without the dizzying optical effect, Maas’s paintings in the Alhambra Confluence series are exquisite in person. Maas uses stencils with thin layers of spray paint to create luminous, metallic, delicate shifts in color resulting in a cool combination of Moorish-inspired motif with urban-art technique.

Alhambra Confluence #121, Michael Maas

Alhambra Confluence #121, Michael Maas

Michael Maas speaks with the OC Art Blog

Michael Maas speaks with the OC Art Blog

Maas explained he explores large factorials and the divergence and convergence (or confluence) of numbers in the repetition of patterns, citing 3 and 4 meeting at 12 as an example. This theme is executed in shades of white and gray as well as a darker palette creating a mysterious and exotic effect.

Alhambra Confluence #104, Michael Maas

Alhambra Confluence #104, Michael Maas

The next morning, I packed up my car for an extended stay in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Peter Blake and Brett Rubbico openings were a wonderful way to spend an evening in Orange County and take-in the local art scene before I left.

Brett Rubbico opening of More of Less

Brett Rubbico opening

Peter Blake Gallery: 435 Ocean Avenue, Laguna Beach 92651  (949) 376-9994

Brett Rubbico Gallery:361 Old Newport Boulevard  Newport Beach, California 92663 (949) 515-5102

Photos by Jared Millar, images of Maas’s work courtesy of the Brett Rubbico Gallery

 

 

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  1. Michael Maas says:

    Thanks Natasha, nice meeting you!

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