Lavi Daniel: The Fruits of an Enigma

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1110 Mateo St, CA 90021, Los Angeles, United States
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Lavi Daniel: The Fruits of an Enigma

to Sat 16 Jul 2022

Artist : Lavi Daniel

1110 Mateo St, CA 90021 Lavi Daniel: The Fruits of an Enigma

Tue-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm


Luis De Jesus Los Angeles presents The Fruits of an Enigma, an exhibition by LAVI DANIEL.

Artworks

The Poetics of Turning, 2019

Oil on canvas
52 x 62.25 x 1.5 in (132.1 x 158.1 x 3.8 cm)
© Lavi Daniel. Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

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An Insistence on Dreaming, 2021

Oil on canvas
70 x 66 in (177.8 x 167.6 cm)
© Lavi Daniel. Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

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A Vital Chain, 2022

Pastel on paper
9 x 10.25 in (22.9 x 26 cm)
© Lavi Daniel. Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

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Gathered Over Questions, 2022

Pastel on paper
9.875 x 10.375 in (25.1 x 26.4 cm)
© Lavi Daniel. Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

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Gathering Forces, 2022

Pastel on paper
14 x 11.875 in (35.6 x 30.2 cm)
© Lavi Daniel. Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

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Just So, 2022

Pastel on paper
12 x 12.625 in (30.5 x 32.1 cm)
© Lavi Daniel. Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

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Languid Reflection, 2022

Pastel on paper
10.125 x 11.5 in (25.7 x 29.2 cm)
© Lavi Daniel. Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

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Promise, 2022

Pastel on paper
10.625 x 14 in (27 x 35.6 cm)
© Lavi Daniel. Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

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Repose, 2022

Pastel on paper
10 x 13 in (25.4 x 33 cm)
© Lavi Daniel. Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

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The Enigma, 2022

Pastel on paper
11 x 13.5 in (27.9 x 34.3 cm)
© Lavi Daniel. Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

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The Gardener, 2022

Pastel on paper
10 x 12.25 in (25.4 x 31.1 cm)
© Lavi Daniel. Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

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The Grower, 2022

Pastel on paper
14 x 13 in (35.6 x 33 cm)
© Lavi Daniel. Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

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Witness, 2022

Pastel on paper
7.5 x 8.625 in (19.1 x 21.9 cm)
© Lavi Daniel. Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

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Feeling the Player Play, 2022

Pastel on paper
8.625 x 13.5 in (21.9 x 34.3 cm)
© Lavi Daniel. Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

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Being the Question, 2022

Pastel on paper
10.5 x 14 in (26.7 x 35.6 cm)
© Lavi Daniel. Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

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The Picturing, 2022

Pastel on paper
14 x 9.75 in (35.6 x 24.8 cm)
© Lavi Daniel. Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

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A Vibrant Unknowing, 2022

Pastel on paper
10.5 x 14 in (26.7 x 35.6 cm)
© Lavi Daniel. Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

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The Artifice and the Dreamer, 2022

Pastel on paper
11 x 13 in (27.9 x 33 cm)
© Lavi Daniel. Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

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The Fruits of an Enigma is an investigation that begins through the eyes of the artist as a seven-year-old, inspired by the rediscovery of a drawing the artist made at that tender age. Aware that it’s sixty years later, and established in the conviction that there is a coexisting viewpoint of the same enigmatic reality, Daniel seeks to recapture the sense of wonderment within the artistic process that he experienced in his youth. The sixteen works on paper presented in this exhibition are created in soft pastel, the same medium he employed 60 years earlier, which provides a sense of comfort and familiarity in his search of a common figurative language between his present and former self.

Intent on following the young boy’s lead, Daniel creates abstract, dream-like environments for figures that act as provocations within a long-forgotten but still present moment yearning to be recovered. Bands and blocks of color, and imagined figures whose actions are both familiar and unknown, populate these strange and peculiar environments. Like the enigmatic scenes of Florentine Renaissance painters Fra Angelico and Sassetta (Stefano di Giovanni di Consolo) whose artistic innovations and use of color have long been an inspiration to Daniel, there is a playful inventiveness in these works that invites us to drop into the mindset and wonderment of the seven-year-old yearning to understand the universe.

Exhibited in conjunction with the pastels are two new paintings from the artist’s ongoing series, The Dance of Perpetuity. In this body of work, Daniel borrows from his familiarity with textiles and the visual language of landscapes, its forms and vibrant colors, to create energetic abstractions.

Lavi Daniel (b. Los Angeles, 1954) attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. His work has been included in solo and group exhibitions including the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena CA; University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI; Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, CA; Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; among others. His work has been reviewed by the Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, and LA Weekly. Daniel lives and works in Mendocino, CA.

Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles


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