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REVIEW

ON VIEW: Forays into Abstract Painting

Three Los Angeles Exhibitions

 

By Molly Enholm

 

March 10, 2017

 

Michael Mancari, “Motherboard”

at CB1 Gallery

Through April 9, 2017

 

To view the paintings of Michael Mancari is to excavate through an encyclopedic layering of painting techniques and fractured iconography. An architectonic layering of sprayed graffiti, Twombly-esque scrawls, mechanical stencils, and impasto paint strokes overlay and obscure hints of the human form, landscape motifs and blurred urban settings. Although nearly completely abstract, the Michigan-born, Yale-graduate and recent Los Angeles-transplant confirms the traditional notion of the “painted picture plane as window into another world” in his first solo exhibition. The thick swaths of paint appear to hover in front of blurred imagery that equally recedes into the distance. Intriguing and elusive, the paintings both engage and frustrate any attempt to navigate into these surreal visions