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Jesse Simon and Jimi Gleason at Samuel Freeman
August 9, 2009, 1:00 am
Filed under: art, event

Jesse Simon and Jimi Gleason

at Samuel Freeman
September 12 – October 17, 2009

Click on image to view hi-res: Jesse Simon, “Hush” (2009), foam wood and resin, Courtesy of Samuel Freeman.

Click on image to view hi-res: Jesse Simon, “Hush” (2009), foam wood and resin, Courtesy of Samuel Freeman.

(Santa Monica, CA – September 2009) On September 12, 2009, Samuel Freeman will exhibit new work by California artists Jesse Simon and Jimi Gleason.

Jesse Simon creates wall reliefs with the tactile qualities of fine marble. In his latest work, Simon moves away from the larger, representative works of his previous solo shows at the gallery in 2007 and 2005. For our season opener Simon focuses instead on a more personal scale while abstracted forms emerge once again from his recycled medium. Snapped or broken surfboards are stripped of their fiberglass coating then, reshaped around the interior structure of foam and wood. Simon removes his medium so far from its original purpose that the viewer is often surprised to learn of the material history of his work.

“Drizzled in a slice of tart”, Jimi Gleason’s newest color-field abstractions take a lap through geometry.  Moving away from the monochromatic works of past seasons, Gleason’s brushwork now spans split fields of color and multiple surfaces. The delicious canvases still glow and change throughout the day but now demand their own seat at the table.  As described by the Los Angeles times in 2005, Gleason makes “abstracted mirages that play such pleasurable tricks on the eye you won’t mind being fooled by their elusiveness.” Each painting shivers and hums quietly, with an elegance of riches.

WHAT:
New Work by Jesse Simon and Jimi Gleason

WHEN:
September 12 – October 17, 2009
Opening reception: September 12, 5-7pm.

WHERE:
Samuel Freeman
Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue, B7
Santa Monica, California 90404 USA

PRESS CONTACT:

Brent Turner, The Campbells PR
Brent@TheCampbellsPR.com
(323) 244-5058

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