Nina Johnson Gallery presents Accidental Pictures, an exhibition of new works by Anna Betbez. Created on silver Mylar with a variety of synthetic pigments, this new body of work continues Betbeze’s exploration into the properties of uncertainty and entropy. Moving amongst the reflective works, viewers find themselves entangled in a dance of creation and degeneration as the play of light on the reflective works subverts the stability of the image.
At first glance, Accidental Pictures seems to negate the formal gambits of Betbeze’s previous work involving Flokati rugs. Created out of natural dyes absorbed into shaggy wool, those sculptural works tumble from the wall out into the gallery. These new works allow the image to retreat into the picture plane while material sits on the surface. And yet both deal with notions of entropy, as well as Betbeze’s interest in color. Light, far from illuminating, turns into a bleaching glare. They are felt, rather than seen, moving through boundaries: the image plane, the gallery space, the body of the viewer.
Anna Betbeze lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She has had solo exhibitions at Mass MOCA; Utah MOCA; The Atlanta Contemporary; Nina Johnson, Miami; Markus Lüttgen, Cologne; Lüttgenmeijer, Berlin; Luxembourg & Dayan &, London; Kate Werble Gallery, New York; and Francois Ghebaly, Los Angeles. Her work has been shown at institutions such as MOMA PS1, Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, The Hessel Museum at Bard College, and The Power Station, Shanghai. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Artforum, Modern Painters, New York Magazine, Frieze, and The Los Angeles Times. She is a recent recipient of the Rome Prize.
Opening Reception, Thursday, October 3rd from 7-9pm