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Ty Pownall and Yvette Gellis
Jason Vass Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Recommendation by Genie Davis

Yvette Gellis, “3-Dimensional Liminal Space,” 2018, oil, acrylic, original photo transfer, polyurethane foam and wood, 60 x 60”

Continuing through April 14, 2018

Perfectly paired, artists Ty Pownall and Yvette Gellis offer large-scale, abstract mixed media works that seem to have slipped from the walls and onto the floor on their own. Gellis has created stunning wall work in oil, acrylic, graphite, and original photo-transfers. These large pieces are paired with the polyurethane foam, oil, and acrylic sculpture, of “3-Dimensional Liminal Space,” a work of sliced foam that seems to have been taken from the heart of a volcano. “Liminal” refers to a position on both sides of, or approaching, a boundary or threshold, and Gellis evokes the feeling of entering a portal with her art.


Pownall’s loose sand, steel, and dry pigment with spray paint sculptures, such as “Relative Density of Moments” and “Interrupted Upward Slope,” are fascinating in their geometry and texture. The works appear to be perfectly shaped, abstract, frozen sand-castles with sections of vibrant colors such as aqua and orange. The delicately balanced “Surface Tension” is different, more ephemeral. Pownall’s mixed media wall art uses acrylic, spackle, and spray paint on panels. Primarily monochromatic, these call to mind cave paintings or unearthly hieroglyphics. Each artists’ work actively envelopes the viewer. Seen together this show only heightens the quite wonderful sensation of mutability.

Jason Vass

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