JOHN MCLAUGHLIN: TOTAL ABSTRACTION
L A C M A
November 13, 2016 – April 16, 2017
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JOHN MCLAUGHLIN "TOTAL ABSTRACTION" PHOTO BY TASHA ZOGO ©
John McLaughlin is an artist who shaped what art was perceived after the wake of the New York School. Mostly regarded as a California artist that broke the rules, he also followed in line with 70's minimalism long before that became a recognized style. He stuck to his hard-edge work for most of his career. He is often compared to blue chip artist Barnett Newman but his pieces seek different answers to the unknown.
Newman was in search of simplicity in terms of totality and completeness. Laughlin sought to make the observer a participant in the painting. The galleries and halls in which Laughlin enhanced created a subtle language for the viewer to be part of as in a play that begs for audience's feedback. This feedback fills the negative space in the void of colorless shapes.
Newman searched for absolute simplicity in his vertical lines across bold colors. Laughlin added to the work where something needed to be added. He knew how much to alter or to leave a work to speak it's own song. It takes great strength for an artist to walk away when the piece is done and Laughlin did just that. He left a clean aesthetic far removed from the sloppiness of the New York School.
Other artist's around the world also had deep impact with that of the hard-edge model. Thomas Kapsalis in Chicago and Karl Benjamin who was also instrumental in the California scene. Together, these artists made up what was to be considered important creators of an understanding of new art-forms after the freedom of abstract expressionism left it's bold and unapologetic stamp.
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