PATRICIA SWEETOW GALLERY is pleased to present their second exhibition in Los Angeles, Absurd Petunias, featuring Elisa D’Arrigo (CRF 2013) from New York, Joachim Bandau from Germany, Cornelia Schulz from the San Francisco / Bay Area, and Monica Rezman from Chicago. The title comes from an essay written by Kenneth Baker (1946–2021), author and resident art critic for the San Francisco Chronicle for 30 years. Baker mused about the trappings of abstraction on levels of relevancy in the face of loss and degradation. He found hopeful reasons to rest in the presence of the unknowable, “… abstract paintings offer us their considered stillness, serving as markers enabling us to feel inwardly the stirrings of our own agency and language as respondents, against the background of a manically kinetic culture.” The exhibition will be available until December 17, 2022. Learn more here.

Elisa D’Arrigo’s process is one of excavation and discovery — improvisation reveals forms that are oddly familiar, attached to distant memories, or tied to an intrinsic humor.D’Arrigo was born and raised in the Bronx and lives and works in New York, NY. Her work is held in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Everson Museum of Art, The Mead Art Museum, The High Museum of Art, The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, and The Weatherspoon Art Museum. Recent exhibitions include, Shapes From Out of Nowhere: Ceramics from the Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection. Her work is currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of their permanent collection. D’Arrigo’s work has been reviewed in Hyperallergic, Two Coats of Paint, The New York Times, Art in America, Artnews, Sculpture Magazine, Partisan Review, Art Papers, Art Spiel, Too Much Art and The New York Observer, among others.

Below: Elisa D’Arrigo | Both Sides Now 1 | 2021 | glazed ceramic | 8.5 x 7.5 x 7 inches