Now on display at Andrea Rosen is a series of boulder paintings by Llyn Foulkes––but before you yawn at the thought of landscape works, it's worth knowing that we're not talking about your average wannabe Ansel Adams imagery.
Every work in the seven-piece show bears some absurd or surreal twist. Foulkes' lonely boulders are imbued with the myth of the great American West, but also question it with comical touches that reference commercialism, consumption and patriotism. In one work, a cartoon-like eagle floats over a lonely mountain. In another, a sad, balding, and displaced-looking man clings to the edge of a rock in an uninhabited landscape––with an inexplicable "For Sale" sign nearby.
The half-haunting, half-comical works are barely a sliver of the LA school legend's work (a major retrospective is set to open at the Hammer Museum in February 2013). But they certainly do a good job of capturing Foulkes' essence.
The show is up through December 3, 2011. Don't miss it!
ANDREA ROSEN GALLERY
525 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011 MAP