Robert Minervini: Utopia & Dystopia

(detail) Robert Minervini, A Gardened Earth, acrylic and oil on canvas, 60 x 96
(detail) Robert Minervini, A Gardened Earth, acrylic and oil on canvas, 60 x 96 inches, 2011 (courtesy of Marine Contemporary)

Leah Ollman reviews the exhibition Robert Minervini: Until Tomorrow Comes at Marine Contemporary, Venice, CA, on view through January 25, 2013.

Ollman writes: "Much of the strength of [Minervini's] work derives from oppositions within it--the dueling senses of hope and despair, and stylistic disjunctions that turn every surface into a lively wrestling match. A straight-ahead realism jostles with graffiti-like drips and sprayed stencilings, crisp graphics and loose, painterly collaged bits. Descriptive representation is overlaid by fragmented, abstract grids. Sallow hues counter neon exuberance. Order vies with decay."

via: 
LA Times