For Immediate Release
Paul Joyce: Hollywoodland
July 7 through August 4, 2007
Track 16 Gallery presents Hollywoodland, an exhibition of paintings by Paul Joyce, curated by Dennis Hopper. The exhibition will be on view from July 7 through August 4, 2007, with an opening reception on July 7, from 7 to 10 P.M. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 to 6.
In the tradition of novelists James M. Cain, Raymond Chandler, Michael Connelly, and other literary giants who have immortalized the still beauty and mystery of Los Angeles, Paul Joyce’s paintings capture a distinct, larger-than-life, perception of the Los Angeles cityscape of yesteryear.
Joyce, who also practices as a film-maker and photographer, paints L.A. landmarks and vistas using bright colors, giving the work a fresh and luminous quality, evoking color techniques such as early Technicolor and Cinemascope. especially in his panoramic pictures. But herein also lies a darkness; of places that have disappeared and remain only in our minds- the collective memories of native Angelenos- or of foreigners, like Joyce and Raymond Chandler (both of whom attended the same English public school: Dulwich College). In both cases a foreigner’s eyes help to show us more about our city than we, on a day to day basis, see for ourselves.
As Oscar-winning Production Designer Dean Tavoularis comments, “Not since another Englishman, David Hockney, looked at Los Angeles with eyes blinded with light and color, never to be seen in London, has there been such colorful visions. Joyce’s painting, ‘The Valley’ captures that stillness of the original desert upon which it was built. . . Paul Joyce treats Los Angeles floridly, and renders the painting of a great city pastorally.”
As well as being an accomplished actor and director, Dennis Hopper has built an international career as both a photographer and painter. His photographs from the 60s survey the star-studded milieu in which Hopper moved and reveal surprising, private sides to very public individuals. His enthusiasm for Joyce’s work tempted him to undertake the role of curator for this show, another first for one of LA’s favorite sons.
Hollywoodland is being show concurrently with Glen Wexler: The Secret Live of Cows, and Gail Greenfield Randall: Case Histories.