Stan Kaplan

Biography

Stan Kaplan's gestural oil paintings dismiss repetition for bold experimentation in color and light. His frequently large-scale canvases compose and modulate the pigment towards an organic abstraction that is seamlessly organized, yet appears spontaneous.

Stan Kaplan is a Los Angeles based artist whose work has been included in various group shows in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and most recently at the Museum of Modern Art, Scottsdale, AZ.

Kaplan, a 2001 Art Center College of Design MFA graduate, enables the use of colors like the pink of Painting with Pink and Blue (all works 2005), colors that mess with gender assumptions, colors that are ''pretty'' rather than beautiful, designerly rather than organic. Observed up close, moreover, Kaplan`s often cavalier paint handling flirts with outright ugliness. His surfaces are thin and coarse, yet this crudeness is our first clue to the underlying seriousness of his project.

MFA, Art Center College of Design;
BA, Eugene Lang College, New School for Social Research. 

Exhibited at Mary Goldman Gallery, Luckman Gallery/CSULA, Black Dragon Society, sixteen:one, Richard Telles Fine Arts, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Fredericks Freiser Gallery and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Senior Lecturer at OTIS.

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