Anat Ebgi is pleased to announce Look Out, a solo exhibition of new work by Los Angeles artist Alec Egan on view at 6150 Wilshire Blvd, May 21 – June 25, 2022. This is the artist’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. An opening reception will take place Saturday, May 21 from 6 – 8pm.
This exhibition, Look Out and Egan’s concurrent solo presentation for Art Basel Hong Kong (May 26 -29), inversely titled Out Look, continue the artist’s sequence of exhibitions that depict a new portion of a singular imagined home. Drawn from his own memory and imagination, the fictitious interiors, and vast atmospheric landscapes speak to tropes of nostalgia, Americana, and the profundity of the mundane.
Egan’s large interiors, decorated with lavish floral patterns, repeatedly use typical domestic items such as furniture, books, and footwear as symbolic motifs that harken back to personal histories while conjuring hypothetical narratives about the absent residents. In the smaller works, object motifs reappear, such as the bowl of spaghetti in Bowl of pasta with flower poster, or the mirrored palms in Green room (waiting room), and underscore a reflective tone in the exhibition, adding emphasis to these symbolic gestures within the works.
The natural world is not confined to Egan’s landscapes of sun drenched skies and wave paintings, rather the lush wallpapers of peculiar buds, blooming bouquets, and fruit-patterned fabrics intricately come together as meditations on the domestic, natural beauty, and fragility of life. Rich with art-historical references ranging from Van Gogh to Hokusai, Egan’s sentimental dreamscapes are simultaneously faithful and inventive engagements with painterly tradition.
In the gallery viewing room will be a painting by LA artist Hopie Stockman, a friend of Egan’s, whose work explores shared themes through still life painting, patterns, and domestic space.
Alec Egan (b. 1984, Los Angeles, CA) completed his MFA at Otis College of Art and Design in 2013, and received a BFA in creative writing and poetry from Kenyon College. Recent solo exhibitions include Miro’s Corner at MAKI Gallery in Tokyo, Japan; The Study at Charles Moffett Gallery, New York, NY; and August, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA. His work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions at Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, IA; California Heritage Museum, Santa Monica, CA; and the Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA. Anat Ebgi will present a solo booth of work at Art Basel Hong Kong in the Discoveries sector May 26 – 29. Egan lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.