We took a trip last week to the MOCA Grand Avenue in Downtown, Los Angeles with the intent of seeing their latest exhibit Shadows featuring a large body of paintings by Andy Warhol, among a few other artists. The first paintings we looked at (part of their permanent collection) were by American artist, Franz Kline. His visually abstract paintings were created with broad, seemingly spontaneous black brush strokes over a white canvas. Though the process seemed spontaneous, one did get a sense of particular intent in the artist’s images.
Following Kline we ventured into a large room where the Warhol exhibit was, an immediate visual experience with all 100+ pantings surrounding the walls of the gallery. Warhol’s body of work Shadows, was based on photographs of shadows in the artist’s New York studio. Using what looked like three layers, two painted layers and the top screened over black to create an illusion of a hovering shadow. Upon first glance, it was hard to understand how he created these pieces. Even though at face value they looked simple and easy to create, they actually were quite complex as each unique piece portrayed a very different perspective – this of course was the best part.