Byrd is Back at Gallery 478 – Selected works 1970 to 2012
Venice artist Jerry Byrd, will show artworks from the 1970s through current works at Gallery 478 in San Pedro, May 3 through July 27, 2012.
Byrd was included in the recent Pacific Standard Time (PST) exhibition “Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art 1964-1971” at the Laguna Art Museum. “We see this show as an extension of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time; the artworks of earlier days in Los Angeles continue to be of great interest,” said Ray Carofano of Gallery 478.
In Laguna’s PST exhibition, Byrd was represented by graphite works similar to those included in this current exhibition. Byrd’s 1970s phenomenological, wind-blown graphite works yield delicate, asymmetrical compositions simultaneously evocative of Chinese and Japanese landscape painting.
In the middle 1970s critic Sandy Ballatore described Byrd’s work described by as “tough, process-driven, and savvy for energizing simple compositions with rich surface treatments and perfect accidents.” Byrd carries this aesthetic to more intimately scaled works on paper throughout the 1980s.
Current works remain focused on process with “dense, layered paintings on paper that incorporate stenciled patterns and brushwork reveal Byrd upping the ante by complicating the stew.
Byrd’s career began immediately upon earning an MFA degree (1972) at UCI where he studied with notable artists Ed Moses, Billy Al Bengston and Craig Kauffman. He had an exhibit early-on in the Newspace alternative space that featured the early works of Chris Burden, Nancy Buchanan, and Ned Evans. Over the years his work has been shown at such institutions as the Los Angeles County Art Museum, La Jolla Art Museum, and galleries including Tortue (LA), Grapestake Gallery in San Francisco, the Orange Country Museum of Art (formerly the Newport Harbor Art Museum).
Gallery 478 was founded in 1998 by photographer Ray Carofano, and soon became an integral part of the Arts Culture and Entertainment (ACE) district of San Pedro, to present high quality contemporary art with emphasis on West Coast artists.
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Directions: From downtown Los Angeles, 110 Freeway south to its end at Gaffey Street, proceed West to 7th Street, turn left to 478; from Santa Monica, 405 Freeway south to the 110 Freeway South to its end, proceed to 7th Street, turn left to 478.
This show opens May 3, 2012
The gallery is located at 478 West 7th Street, San Pedro.
A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, May 5, 4-7 p.m.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and by appointment, (310) 732-2150.
By Jim McKinniss