Andrew Cannon: Chemical Computer

Project Room 1 May 17–Jul 12, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 17
Members' Reception 3 to 4 pm
Public Reception 4 to 6 pm

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Andrew Cannon, Berenice, 2014, PVA, lenticular print, holographic foil, adhesive size, and car trunk spatter paint on panel, 24 x 20 inches, Courtesy of the Artist, Photo by Jeff McLane
Andrew Cannon: Chemical Computer, Installation view, 2014, Photo by Jeff McLane
Andrew Cannon, Imperial Griddle, 2014, PVA, automotive paint, spray paint, adhesive size, metallic foil, and pigment foil on panel, 24 x 20 inches, Photo by and Courtesy of the Artist
Andrew Cannon, L.C.T., 2014, PVA, matte medium, adhesive size, acrylic, metallic foil, and pigment foil on panel, 24 x 20 inches, Photo by and Courtesy of the Artist
Andrew Cannon: Chemical Computer, Installation view, 2014, Photo by Jeff McLane
Andrew Cannon, Diatom, 2014 , PVA, pigment foil, metallic foil, holographic foil, pigment foil, adhesive size, and paper on panel, 24 x 20 inches, Courtesy of the Artist
Andrew Cannon: Chemical Computer, Installation view, 2014, Photo by Jeff McLane

Andrew Cannon: Chemical Computer presents a body of work that locates new forms of abstract painting through an exploration of the novelty of illusion and the spectacle of the ornate. Cannon’s lustrous compositions reflect a multifaceted, process-based experimentation with materials more often associated with commercial packaging and display. Metallic foils, industrial adhesives, and automotive paint, are among many mediums used in intricate procedures of gilding and layering.

Constructed almost entirely on the floor and without paintbrushes, the paintings are the products of both improvisatory manipulation and technical craft. Marks made through pouring, fingerprinting, embossing, and baking, create dynamic topographies that embed surfaces with layers alternately opaque, translucent, and reflective. The phenomenological presence of the many processes active in these paintings recalls and questions the sensate history of abstraction while leaning into the physical trickery of Op art and holography.

Cannon’s dedication to the investigation of abstract painting is evident in the compositional and physical gravity of the works. Each painting is an autonomous visual equation that challenges the act of looking through physical phenomena. The paintings shift between complex insular systems and overtly patterned decoration—simultaneously invoking ideas of simulation, psychedelia, kitsch, handicraft, illusion, and solipsism that stand in and outside of the history of painting.

Chemical Computer is the artist’s first solo exhibition.

Andrew Cannon: Chemical Computer is organized by Laura Copelin for the Santa Monica Museum of Art.

About the Artist
Andrew Cannon was born in Redlands, California in 1988 and lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his BFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2010 and was a student in The Mountain School of Arts in 2014.  In 2013, Cannon and artist Ross Caliendo founded the gallery Secret Recipe in a garage in Echo Park, which features emerging artists in monthly, one-night-only exhibitions. Cannon recently published an interview with artist/holographer John Kaufman for The Vanity East, in addition to conducting workshops about lenticular printing for events at the Hammer Museum. His work has been included in group exhibitions across the city in galleries and artist-run spaces such as Dopps, Gallery 2A, Secret Recipe, Roberts and Tilton, Meadows Project House, and 3704 North Figueroa.

This exhibition has been made possible by SMMoA’s Ambassador Circle. Support has also been provided by the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.