Eastern Projects is proud to present the first solo exhibition by Manuel López, “SO MUNDANE AND INCOMPLETE (some drawings & paintings)” May 19-June 30, 2018.
López's work is informed by his immediate surroundings. Each drawing is a careful examination of elements found around his environment: an old decrepit home, a hill with houses, crooked telephone poles, bent palm trees, tall cypresses, a sitter caught in mid-thought, the stillness in a yet continually shifting landscape, and the fleeting appearance of an everyday object forever caught on paper. López relies on interest, observation, memories, materiality, touch, and presence, in order to reach and evoke a feeling of familiarity.
For the exhibition SO MUNDANE AND INCOMPLETE (some drawings & paintings), López gives us a series of landscape drawings developed on location, with attention to detail, a confident line, whimsical pattern, and flattening of space. Beautifully capturing views of East L.A., City Terrace, Boyle Heights, El Sereno, etc., López’s drawings breathe and expel energy and freshness. He portrays friends and loved ones in natural settings and takes figures of local Mexican-American pop culture, as images filtered thru his memory.
Please visit Facebook (@EasternProjects) and Instagram (@eastern_projects_gallery) (@meaunl_lpoez) via the hashtags #MANUELLOPEZ # SOMUNDANEANDINCOMPLETE #EASTERNPROJECTS; and LA Times feature on López: