little conversations
September 5 – October 6, 2012
Reception for the Artist: Saturday, September 15, 6 – 8 pm


Los Angeles—Sam Lee Gallery is pleased to present little conversations, a solo exhibition of abstract paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Joshua Aster.  The artist’s recent oil paintings function as a type of sieve in which color, line, and patterns are distilled to their essence on the canvas.  Ten works, measuring no more than 24x24 inches each, are intimate in scale and elemental in their emphasis on straightforward mark making.  Aster employs ordinary objects such as wood off-cuts, erector set parts, broken plates, and picture frames found in his studio and intuitively arranges them on the canvas.  He then traces their outlines and finishes the work by coloring in between the lines with oil paint, thus creating a familiar yet fresh pattern that resembles a brightly colored jigsaw puzzle: a confident display of color, line, and shape.


Born 1976 in New York, Joshua Aster received a master of fine art degree from University of California Los Angeles (2007) and a bachelor of fine art degree from Skidmore College in New York (1998).  He has been featured in exhibitions throughout the United States: solo shows at Carl Berg Gallery in Los Angeles, Karl Hutter Fine Art in Beverly Hills, and Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City (Utah).  His work has also been included in various group exhibitions at Roberts & Tilton, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Michael Kohn Gallery, PØST Gallery, Annie Wharton Fine Art, Taylor de Cordoba, and Pepin Moore in Los Angeles, Angstrom Gallery in Dallas, and Plane Space in New York.  Aster is a founding member of the artist collective OJO, which has had solo projects at MOCA, Los Angeles and LA><ART.


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