Wonderful exhibition (as always) at Louis Stern Fine Arts of Laurie Fendrich’s new paintings, in the forever-mythic West Hollywood
Having the privilege to meet with New York-based painter Laurie Fendrich gives you the right key to put words on her work:
I’m a synthesizer
Exactly. This is what your retina and your background in Art History would tell you. “Some influences are pretty obvious“, so you thought… In reality the mix of those many influences is so dense that you can misunderstand them.
For example, at first glance you think “Malevitch” when actually this is more a “Cubist influence” the artist was thinking about. Then, Hard Edge would come to your mind, when actually the edges are so blurred that it is more of a “Leonardo da Vinci” influence. Concerning the colors, the intensity she chose doesn’t come from the Constructivism but more from what New York modernist painter, Stuart Davies (1892-1964) once said “I love the boldness of color”
And last but not least, allow me to find another interesting mix, almost a cliché, that would come from Fendrich’s personal life: she lived enough in Los Angeles to capture the freedom in the making, in the choice of her palette, which bring an indubitable happiness to her paintings. The other part of the cliché would be to think that New York -where she currently lives and works- brings more seriousness into her paintings.
In the end, long story short, Fendrich paintings are thoughtful, joyful and timeless. See by yourself.
beatrice chassepot – los angeles, October 7th, 2016