Ammon Rost - Solo Exhibition
FEBRUARY 9, 2019 - MARCH 9, 2019
SOLO EXHIBITION (MAIN GALLERY)
OPENING RECEPTION: FEB 9, 2019 // 7PM - 10PM
EXHIBITION DATES: FEB 9 - MAR 9, 2019
GALLERY HOURS: TUES - SAT / 1PM - 6PM
NEW IMAGE ART, 7920 SANTA MONICA BLVD LOS ANGELES CA 90046
New Image Art is pleased to present, “Centerfold,” a solo exhibition premiering abstract paintings by Ammon Rost.
Using an improvisational method, Ammon Rost’s abstract works open a portal to the subconscious and broadcast the hidden self onto canvas. By creating each composition in the moment, Rost allows his paintings take on a life of their own. This practice, Rost says, “seeks the manifestation of a fragment of the unconscious world.” Contrast between raw brush strokes and careful lines conveys an elusive spirituality; the language of his bold forms and colors gives voice to primal emotion.
The exhibition is a meditation on romantic relationships, and a fascination with its temporality. How can an emotion that was center stage, fade to an unrecognizable trace? Rost paints symbols that hold sentiment, by abstracting and reshaping objects, numbers, places, names. Relishes and playing with the power certain imagery can trigger - are able to unpack a set of emotions, memories, very quickly.
There is restraint not to overpaint, and spacing between each image to communicate essence. Rost's work can be experienced as a perfect poem, repeatable, and always bitter sweet.
Ammon was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan where he attributes Buddhist philosophy ingrained in Japanese culture that taught him the criticality of looking inward. He received his BA at UCLA in painting and has exhibited in LA, New York, and Europe.