Alec Egan: Look Out

Alec Egan

May 21 - June 25, 2022

Mark Ryan Chariker: Lost Hours

Mark Ryan Chariker

May 21 - June 25, 2022

Alec Egan: Look Out

Alec Egan

May 21 - June 25, 2022

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 Rich with art-historical references ranging from Van Gogh to Hokusai, Egan’s sentimental dreamscapes are simultaneously faithful and inventive engagements with painterly tradition.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.

Mark Ryan Chariker: Lost Hours

Mark Ryan Chariker

May 21 - June 25, 2022

Anat Ebgi is pleased to announce Lost Hours, a solo exhibition by New York artist Mark Ryan Chariker on view at 6150 Wilshire Blvd, May 21 – June 25, 2022. This is the artist’s first exhibition in Los Angeles. An opening reception will take place Saturday, May 21 from 6 – 8pm.

Lost Hours consists of five oil on canvas paintings made by Chariker during the first half of this year. This new body of work depicts figures caught in moments of stillness and contemplation. Golden and radiant light in his work evokes a frozen-in-time quality, achieved through many applications of glazing and tonal shifts. Although highly intuitive, in the sense that the artist does not work from studies or preparatory drawings, one has the impression that everything in the works has fallen into a precise place from a supernatural reality.

Rife with detail, each section of these angular spaces is active, pulsing with little brush strokes, creating a visceral sense of emotional containment. In Ghost Mantis, this psychological claustrophobia is highlighted by the presence of closed terrariums and a figure sitting in the corner surrounded on all sides by elaborate furniture. Embellishments on clothing, labels on bottles, imaginary text on the spines of books, Chariker’s gothic settings are as mysterious as the characters within them. Through this layered approach, each vignette activates the imagination to conjure its own narratives.

Mark Ryan Chariker (b. 1984, Spartanburg, SC) received a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston, MA. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions, including Exhibition 15, PM/AM, London, UK; I have an idea!, 1969 Gallery, New York, NY; Platform, presented by David Zwirner Gallery, New York, NY; Red Root, Green Root, The Valley, Taos, NM; and Home Alone, ATM Gallery, New York, NY. Chariker has completed residencies at PM/AM Gallery in London, RAiR Foundation in Roswell, New Mexico, SÍM in Reykjavik, Iceland, and NES in Skagaströnd, Iceland. His paintings have been featured in Artforum International, Artnet News, and Art of Choice. Chariker is represented by 1969 Gallery in New York, NY and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.