Friday, November 2, 2012 - 09:11

A solo exhibition
L & M Arts
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 8, 2012 | 6 - 8 PM
Exhibition Dates: November 8, 2012 - January 5, 2013

L & M Arts is honored to present an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles based artist
Monica Majoli. This will be the artist’s first gallery presentation in her hometown.

Themes of absence, projection, attachment and temporality have informed Majoli’s work
over the past 20 years. Across shifts in subject matter and materiality, her paintings often
instigate voyeurism or triangulation with the viewer through the visual reenactment and
documentation of actual events, sexual activities and personal relationships. In this latest
group of works, Majoli has returned to autobiographical material in mid-life, not as an
examination of identity as expressed through sexuality, but as an interrogation of her
romantic history through the visages of a series of former lovers. Captivated by the eerie halfimage
reflected in walls of black mirror in her home, Majoli explores the shared properties of
mirror and painting as fetish and surrogate. Her darkly luminescent oil paintings obscure
and reveal their subjects, using the mirror as both source material and historical context to
question processes of romantic projection and disappointment, absorption and
disappearance. This series stands as a kind of inverted self-portrait through the depiction of a
private chronicle of passion, impossibility and failure; an attempt at reparation through the
act of painting.

In tandem with the images of lovers are non-representational works on paper that create
both a complementary and disordering effect on the interception of meaning. The
experience of an intuitive yet illogical connection linking the images draws viewers into the
contemplation of unsettling relationships; their abstraction figures a void that also structures
the representational paintings. These works on paper use the materials and mechanical
process of lithography to produce large expanses of dark color, which are then framed
compositionally by hand in passages of gouache and acrylic ink. These works represent a
continued investigation of the emotional content inherent in historical materials; in this
series the artist chose lithography to confront the lifelong absence of her father, a
lithographer with a fine art press in Italy. For Majoli, the pairing of two instances of removal
reverberates in an unlikely and rich emotive symmetry.

Monica Majoli was born in Los Angeles and studied at the University of California, Los
Angeles. She lives and works in Los Angeles, and is an Associate Professor of Art at the
University of California, Irvine. She has had solo exhibitions at Air de Paris, Paris as well as
Gagosian, New York, and her work is represented in the permanent collection of the
Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

GALLERY INFORMATION: L&M Arts, Los Angeles, 660 South Venice Boulevard,
Venice, CA, 90291. Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 - 5:30 and by appointment. For additional
information, please contact L&M Arts at: +1.310.821.6400 or visit our website:

Image: courtesy of the artist.