• Elise Adibi: The Scent of Golden Opportunity

    Art night in the LES can be a golden opportunity
    Art night in the LES can be a golden opportunity
    Artist Elise Adibi
    Artist Elise Adibi

    The last time I saw the work and reviewed Elise Adibi was in May of 2012 at Churner and Churner in Chelsea then I met her again at the Armory Show in 2013. Time passed and it is rare for me to even follow the careers of a handful of artists but when they do come across my radar, I am always intrigued what evolution or progression of their work at the next show could be. So it was a clear draw for me to attend the second show of Elise Adibi last December 11th at Louis B. James on the Lower East Side.

    Substance is really hefty for her first solo show with this gallery and it packed some visual with olfactory punch. Adibi gave her signature touch on the monochromatic paintings and on the panels there are some substances in the mix such as frankincense, myrrh, turmeric, and other rich elements. One immediately smelled the fragrance even before walking into the room and the mostly gold leafed, sallow yellows, and muted neutrals gave a serene almost Zen-like ambiance. It is very characteristic of her earlier works where the rhythms are in the minute repetitions and irregularities of the patterns on the canvas. For this series, Adibi lavishes with the application of gold leaf, stripes, layers of monochromatic compositions, and poured technique on the dozen paintings featured in this show.  If her previous show was stringing a symphony then this should be cresting to an aria as this was not shy of color and bold choices.

    What can you see in the art work is up to you
    What can you see in the art work is up to you
    Rich surface detauk on work by Elise Adibi
    Rich surface detauk on work by Elise Adibi

    It was a real risk to paint the floor yellow as it can be visually overwhelming which can make you hate the effect. It can be too garish or makes you feel you got jaundice. However, this very brash floor treatment was the perfect “gold” foil for the art in the room. It grounded the ostentatious feel and heady vapors that can transport you in the interiors of a golden Buddhist temple in Thailand. You are just straining for the gong to sound and bells that softly peal to carry your soul away. Finding yourself in front of the canvas could most certainly put your soul in a calm ardor but this time Adibi goes for the gold in stimulating both your eyes and your nose.

    For this second encounter with Adibi, I am gob smacked by her presentation and choices. They are still very minimalist but with the maximalist impact. The color saturation and scent denoted a jump from what I saw from her last series. It can be the gravitas and chutzpah that one gains after working your craft. But it is so easy to veer off the cliff when you aim bigger as some missteps are when there is no foundation. Adibi had set the groundwork before and provided a solid base for which she can jet off ostentatiously and give us substance that is inherent in the work and what we perceive.

    Taking in the substance of the work by Elise Adibi
    Taking in the substance of the work by Elise Adibi

    Minimalist opulence and an olfactory feast to delight multiple senses would be the tagline endorsement. I had a heady and strong experience with this show by Elise Adibi. It is a rare opportunity to follow the careers of certain artists. But what a golden opportunity as long as the substance is there.

    Elise Adibi : Substance / On View: Dec. 11, 2014 – Jan. 17, 2015

    Gallery Hours: Wed. to Sat. (11 am – 6 pm) & Sunday (12 – 6 pm)

    Louis B. James. 143B Orchard Street. NYC, NY 10002

     

    Art Review By: Oscar A. Laluyan

    Photography by: Jamie Martinez

    Select Art Image courtesy of the gallery

    Artworks by Elise Adibi
    Artworks by Elise Adibi
    Close Up Detail of work by Elise Adibi
    Close Up Detail of work by Elise Adibi
    Instagram moment for LES Art night at Louis B. James
    Instagram moment for LES Art night at Louis B. James
    A golden moment of a show at Louis B. James
    A golden moment of a show at Louis B. James
    Desert Painting, 2014 _ Turmeric Grid, 2014 _ Gold Monochrome (Patent), 2014 all by Elise Adibi
    Desert Painting, 2014 _ Turmeric Grid, 2014 _ Gold Monochrome (Patent), 2014 all by Elise Adibi
    Substantial work by Elise Adibi at Louis B. James
    Substantial work by Elise Adibi at Louis B. James
    Installation shot of Elise Adibi show at Louis B. James
    Installation shot of Elise Adibi show at Louis B. James
    Oscar Laluyan

    Oscar Laluyan

    Oscar A. Laluyan is a critic, curator and an art writer for several online publications, . He has worked in a museum and at an art gallery founded by a former architect of Richard Meier's firm. His passion for contemporary art is reflected and directed to seeing the future.

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