For Immediate Release
Vonn Sumner – “Burning Down The House”
Exhibition Dates: February 27th – March 20th, 2021
Opening Reception: Saturday February 27th, 12-5pm
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Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12 – 6pm
KP Projects Gallery
633 N. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
KP Projects is proud to present Vonn Sumner’s solo show “Burning Down The House”.
“This series of paintings began in early 2019, before any of us had heard of Covid19, and before the summer of protests and uprisings in the name of social justice and human rights.
The subjects in the paintings are things that I genuinely love to look at: trashcans, dumpsters, empty industrial buildings, the way that fire dances and licks the air. I worked mostly from memory, accumulated over years spent walking or driving around downtown city centers, back alleys and side streets, watching cats sit in windows or roam their neighborhood, staring at campfires in the woods or bonfires on the beach. The decision to paint these things was intuitive and visual and personal.
To spend the time that I spend on paintings, I need to really love and have a connection to the things I am painting: the haunting beauty and mystery of old abandoned buildings and warehouses, the human trace left in graffiti and the subsequent cover-up paint, the ways that we mark our lived-in environment. I am interested in the way that dumpsters and trashcans contain the evidence of our lives, the things we don’t want to keep anymore, or the things that we don’t want others to see. I love the effortless style and total indifference of cats, the way they remain wild and separate no matter how much we try to domesticate them. I become almost hypnotized by the way that fire lights our rituals and and our disasters, and by the way the smoke smells from a distance.
By the time I completed this body of work, the world around us had shifted so much that I now see these paintings in a totally different way. Empty buildings and the signs of people on the streets have different and more urgent resonances to me now. Fires and graffiti have different associations for me now. And I wonder what it all looks like to cats?”
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