Kristy Luck: Run Straight Through at Torrance Art Museum

Torrance Art Museum
Torrance, CA

June 15 - August 24, 2019


Curated by Kate Mothes, this exhibition presents 4 rising stars in the contemporary painting scene: Tahnee Lonsdale, Kristy Luck, Michael Nauert, and Thom Trojanowski.


"How can contemporary painting register the experience of those who travel, migrate, and pass through borders of the world? Run Straight Through is a curatorial project conceived around the notion of physical presence and movement through an exploration of figuration, landscape, and the abstract. The exhibition features four artists based between Los Angeles and London whose works draw connections between place and body; the landscapes that we inhabit, and that inhabit us.


 The title Run Straight Through itself is a phrase with multiple meanings: someone may run from one place to another, or something can be run through like a blade in flesh—straight through—cleanly. Some of the paintings are purely abstract, and others represent specific actions, objects, or figures, yet all of these artists question what it means to be “here” and how to get there. Some works, such as those by Tahnee Lonsdale and Thom Trojanowski, present the figure as symbolically cartoonish, separating emotional experience or existence from the body. In the work of Michael Nauert and Kristy Luck, the abstract gestures and forms allude to movement and landscape as metaphor for the presence of the body."

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