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The New Face Of Smiling
Bart Exposito
The New Face Of Smiling

2005

acrylic on canvas

183 x 214cm
Bart Exposito’s geometric paintings don’t draw from utopian ideals or a revision of abstraction, but rather the cold neutrality of graphic design. More pop than pop, his flat pantone coloured canvases celebrate the zen-like fizz of commodified nothingness. Seducing with the plastic banality of album covers or corporate logos, Exposito’s The New Face of Smiling negotiates both aesthetics and its functions as cultural interface and lifestyle arbitration. Through his ultra-flat, airtight compositions Exposito enforces the impersonal and anonymous as a comforting numbness.
Slanted/Enchanted
Bart Exposito
Slanted/Enchanted

2005

Acrylic on canvas

183 x 183cm
Reverberating in groovy brown and orange, Bart Exposito’s Slanted/Enchanted is an emblem of retro chic. Suggesting circuit boards or video game graphics, Exposito pits painting against virtual reality: his cold flawless canvas expands as a simulated field of non-existent space. Operating with cool detachment, Exposito’s hard-edged abstraction wavers as hypnotic entity; its mesmerising lines and voids flicker with unnatural energy, redolent of computer screens.
Earth 3
Bart Exposito
Earth 3

2006

Acrylic and

marker on canvas
In Earth 3 Exposito’s composition defies spatial perspective. Mapping out areas with quietly undulating tones, each hue claims a hierarchical order in the field of depth, setting up a system of optical rationale for painterly subversion. Using colour as a starting point for illusion, Exposito drafts a central motif of an impossibly twisted form; its blocky three dimensional suggestion delineated by flat graphic lines and off-kilter vanishing points that constantly float between foreground and distance.
Bubble & Scrape
Bart Exposito
Bubble & Scrape

2005

Acrylic and

marker on canvas
Emblazoned on the canvas in tasteful fashion tones, Exposito’s Bubble & Scrape seduces with its ultra-modern authority. Executed with a commercially slick finish, Exposito’s abstracted motif carries the weight of a design classic, cross referencing from iconic periods of the 20th c: from the geometric opulence of art deco to the space age ambition of the 60s. Reinventing these with a contemporary flair, Exposito’s work streamlines the aesthetics of desire, his painting posing as a luxuriant archetype of timeless beauty.
Cyclo
Bart Exposito
Cyclo

2006

Acrylic and marker on canvas

274.3 x 213.4 cm
Exposito’s seamless painting style takes its lineage from 60s minimalism, where forms and materials were pared down to their bare essence. Exposito’s bold motifs draw from the aesthetic styles of this period, combining associations to hippy aspiration and retronostalgia with their contemporary revival as design elegance, suburban chic, and commodity glamour. In Cyclo, Exposito’s curved pattern beacons with the simplified and understated power of a type-font, referencing both the subtle beauty of calligraphic contour, and the indistinction between – and complete conjugation of – form and content.
Untitled
Bart Exposito
Untitled

2007

Acrylic on canvas

350.5 x 259 cm

Bart Exposito's BIOGRAPHY

Bart Exposito
Born in 1970, Amarillo, Texas
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California



SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2011
Paper Primitives, Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2010
Bends, Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2008
Strange Loops, Finesilver Gallery, Houston, Texas

2007
Figure Looks A lot Like Me In Paint, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, California
New Work, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California

2005
Paintings, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles

2003
Paintings, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles

2002
Paintings & Drawings, curated by Libby Lumkin, Donna Beam Gallery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Paintings & Drawings, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Paintings & Drawings, Bill Maynes Gallery, New York City, New York

2001
Bart Exposito, curated by Anna Helwing, Hot Cocoa Lab, Venice, California
Roomtone, Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, California


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2011
Unfinished paintings, LACE, Los Angeles, California
GOLDMINE: Contemporary Works from the Collection of Sirje and Michael Gold, University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach

2010
Painting, organized by Roger Herman, L A Art House, West Hollywood, California
Ecstatic Structure, with Warren Isensee and Stanley Whitney, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas

2009
Fantastic LA, curated by Barry Blinderman, University Galleries, College of Fine Arts, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois
An Exhibition of Selected Skills of the Unemployed, WPA, Los Angeles, CaliforniaSummer Group Show, Cottage Home/ Thomas Solomon Gallery@Cottage Home,
Los Angeles, California, co-organized with Sister and China Art Objects
Abstract America, Saatchi Gallery, London, England (catalogue)
Cut, Thomas Solomon Gallery at artLA, Santa Monica, California
Loveable Like Orphan Kitties and Bastard Children, curated by Kristen Calabrese and Joshua Aster, Green Gallery East, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2008
Keeping it Straight, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, California
Pruess Press @ RENTAL Gallery, New York City, New York
Heavy Corner, curated by Kristen Calabrese, Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles,California
LA Potential, curated by Lioba Reddeker, Hangart 7, Salzburg, Austria

2007
No Jerks, Trudi at Rental Gallery, Rental Gallery, New York City, New York
Automatons, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, California
Painting <=> Design, curated by David Pagel, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California
Paper Bombs, organized by Bart Exposito, Jack Hanley Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2006
Picture Postcards From a Neon Wilderness, Lukas Feichtner Gallery, Vienna
Bring the War Home, curated by Drew Heitzler, Qed Gallery, Los Angeles, California and Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York City, New York
Three Paintings, Daniel Hug Gallery, Los Angeles

2005
In Between Bandwidths: Bart Exposito & Ry Rocklen, with text by Michael Ned Holte,
Black Dragon Society, NADA Art Fair, Miami, Florida
Christmas in July, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, California
In the Abstract, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, California

2004
Painting & Sculpture, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Wake Up & Apologize, Hayworth Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2003
Small Work, Margo Victor Presents, Los Angeles, California
Game Over, Galerie Grimm/Rosenfeld, Munich, Germany
Bart Exposito, Aaron Parazette, Susie Rosmarin, Texas Gallery, Houston, Texas

2002
Summer Invitational, Bill Maynes Gallery, New York
Pierogi 2000, Flat Files, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

2001
Sketchy, Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, California
The Stuff Dreams is Made of, curated by David Pagel, Frankfurt Art Fair
Cloud 9, curated by David Pagel, Ginsler Architecture, Santa Monica, California
Ars Moralis, Bea Schlingelhoff/Galerie fur Gegenwartskunst, Bremen, Germany
Jacques de Beaufort, Bart Exposito, Monique van Genderen, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, California

2000
For Example, Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Proun, organized by Bart Exposito, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, California
New School, Works on Paper Gallery, Los Angeles, California