I can potentially start and end this BL(og)T entry with just the following line: Annelie McKenzie has won my heart. I don’t intend to throw around the word “love” casually but I think I’m in love with her new paintings at CB1. Her first solo appearance at this Downtown Los Angeles gallery, titled the Enthusiast, is gorgeously delightful. Drawing from seemingly specific European sources (and it is so; read the gallery’s press release if you will), McKenzie’s figures are soft and loose, but prudent nonetheless. They are fluidly molten and teeteringly ambiguous, yet still grounded and very present. These characters are staged within the actual or painted frames that are both large (in relation to the latter) and intimate.
The Enthusiast is on view through April 11, 2015 at CB1 Gallery. Go.
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