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Nyehaus Light Space


Cover: Peter Alexander 12/22/12, 2012 Urethane, 60 x 60 in.

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Nyehaus represents group of artists from Southern California that began working in the 1960s. The work, Minimalist in form, emulated the sensation of the light and space of Venice Beach, California.

They experimented with translucent plastics that mixed pigment and the ambient light together, giving the works the appearance that they had an internal light source; achieving a glow that traditional painting could never attain. The gallery has expanded our program to include the next generation of “Light and

Space” artists that are building on the language pioneered by these artists in the 60s. The exploration of the limitations of traditional materials has opened up a expansive landscape for both generations to continue to mine. These artists embody the slick modernist architecture and design developed

during the 50s and 60s and the minimalist aesthetic present in many of the contemporary dwellings of today. In the following pages, we present to you a selection of both the 60s generation as well as their “offspring.”


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Photos: Brian Forrest

Peter Alexander’s plastic fields of translucent color burn the retina. Poured, tinted resin is detonated by light, bringing to mind lava suddenly cooled and frozen in time. Drops of pigment are measured precisely by the Alchemist. Each work is as different from the next as they are similar: identical twins’ genetic material spliced in two, duplicated as perfect imperfections.


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Peter Alexander Pink Bar, 2009 Urethane, 60 x 5.25 x .75 in.

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Peter Alexander 6/1/12 (Blue Square), 2012 Urethane, 40 x 40 in.


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Peter Alexander 7/12/12 (Pink Square), 2012 Urethane, 40 x 40 in.

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Peter Alexander 1/10/13, 2013 Urethane, two panels: Left: 43 x 40.25 in. Right: 43 x 41 in.


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Peter Alexander 10/16/11 (Large Brilliant Blue Drip), 2011 Polyester, 46 x 41.5 in.

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Laddie John Dill adopted his usual sand installations to serve as models for outdoor fountains/water features— pristine geometry of glass protruding from what appears to be frozen molten landslides, set upon tabletops. These gems are encircled by alternating cement and glass columns and handblown rods of striping color, wagon trains, protectors of these objects of beauty.


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Laddie John Dill Azur Volcano, 2012 Cement, volcanic ash, glass, argon with mercury, and transformer on steel base, 42.25 x 42.5 x 24.5 in.

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Laddie John Dill Mercury Rock, 2011 Cement, volcanic ash, glass, argon with mercury, and transformer on steel base, 42.5 x 49.25 x 21.25 in.


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Laddie John Dill Volcanic Dance, 2012 Cement, glass, steel, argon and transformer, 42.75 x 29.25 x 29.25 in.

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Photos: Patrick Salisbury

Steve Burtch is from a generation of artists that is looking at the optical effects that the SOCAL group deployed in the 60s—conjuring these optical effects through a deeper exploration of the possibilities that the technological advancement of materials has released. These minimal white works are composed of bands of acrylic white paint articulated through three layers of translucent acrylic sheets backed by a layer of mirrored acrylic.


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Steve Burtch No. 12042, 2012 Acrylic graphite on cast acrylic panels, 22 X 22 in.

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Steve Burtch No. 12040, 2012 Acrylic graphite on cast acrylic panels, 33 X 23 in.


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Steve Burtch No. 12044, 2012 Acrylic graphite on cast acrylic panels, 44 X 44 in.

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