Gallery: Modernism in Silverlake

Gallery: Modernism in Silverlake

Gregory Han
May 24, 2007

As a Silver Lake resident, I'm kind of aghast I missed the announcement of the Modernism in Silver Lake exhibition at Ghetto Gloss, which closes this weekend. Artist David Johason drew inspiration from the urban landscape of one of Los Angeles' most influential and historic modernist neighborhoods (Johanson previously did a series featuring 18 notable Pasadena architectural residences), creating sixteen paintings that colourfully recognizes our city's MidCentury treasures.

Lovers of MidCentury icons such as Neutra, Schindler (the Bubeshko Apartments shown below are just down the street from us), and Ain will recognize many of the homes that dot the hills surrounding the reservoir and beyond.

"My memories of growing up were colored by the fantastic buildings of an earlier era," he says. "Buildings make a place what it is. I find that many times it is architecture that ties our memories to specific locations and experiences."

Jonason describes the approach to his latest exhibition as Urban Modernism with a touch of Hollywood. He uses slashes of light and color to emphasize the angularity and massive shapes of the architectural designs, and integrates elements of both Cubism and Realism into clean lines, strong forms, and bold uses of color.

2380 Glendale Blvd.
Silver Lake, CA 90039

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