-is+: new abstractsJay McCafferty & Miguel Osuna
January 07, 2012 - March 14, 2012

The year’s first exhibition at Susan Street Fine Art, “- is +: new abstracts,” is an exquisite look at complexity in simplicity. Los Angeles based artists, Jay McCafferty and Miguel Osuna, lead us into the mesmerizing world of idiosyncratic detail using magnifying lenses, solar heat, paper, ballpoint pens, resin and canvas.  Reducing their work down to the essential qualities of light, space, form and the detail of material, each artist creates an impression of something invisible within.

Jay McCafferty attended LASU for his undergraduate work and continued on to UC Irvine to complete his MFA. His photographs, videos and paintings have been featured in numerous museums and galleries since the early 1970’s. Looking back at thirty years of work reveals an essential consistency: Focusing sunlight through a magnifying lens at grid intersections plotted on paper, canvas and wood, entertaining the accident of phenomenology and introducing chaos to the rational field. His current work involves further dematerialization of the matrix and continues to use his carefully executed solar burn grids as an organizing device to express the formalist grid as more liberating than constraining. McCafferty keeps his process simple and up front while pushing to reveal the intellectual and emotional resonance of the work.

“A square of wall hosts burned fragments appearing free of the picture plane and signaling a new relationship between the wall, the work and the spectator.” – Jay McCafferty

Miguel Osuna studied architecture in Guadalajara before moving to Los Angeles where he began painting full-time in 2002. His work shows in galleries in California, Mexico and Spain. Osuna’s new series, “Infinite Within,” is a departure from his motion-based emotive landscapes in oil. Inspired by theories of universal origin, its extension and its limits, the artist is now looking inward rather than outward to his surroundings for inspiration. He considers this new body of work to be a “prequel” to the more conventional abstract landscapes he has produced in the past. With an incomprehensible level of detail, his ballpoint pen strokes on resin play with the concept of infinity and the endless connections between multiple points.

“In my studio, I am always experimenting with new techniques, mediums, and ways to create, I find it stimulating.  Shifting mediums is refreshing for me, and it inevitably leads to new visual effects, or new ways for me to interpret ideas.“ – Miguel Osuna

Path # 9
Path # 7
Natural polarities # 1
Journey
Pathways #1
Pathways # 2
Path #8
Panoramic # 3
Increment by Increment # 1
Increment by Increment #2
Coalesce
Alive # 1
Alive # 2
Alive #3
Love Spiral
Love Allowed
150 a, b, c, d, and e
Love endless
IW-6
IW-5
Inside Job
Double Weave
Jolt # 1
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Path # 9

Jay McCafferty

32" x 36"

Solar Burn on Paper

Path # 7

Jay McCafferty

35" x 36"

Solar Burn on Paper

Natural polarities # 1

Jay McCafferty

36" x 36"

Solar Burn on Paper

Journey

Jay McCafferty

22" x 22"

Solar Burn on Paper

Pathways #1

Jay McCafferty

48" x 48"

Solar Burn on Paper

Pathways # 2

Jay McCafferty

22" x 22"

Solar Burn on Paper

Path #8

Jay McCafferty

35" x 36"

Solar Burn on Paper

Panoramic # 3

Jay McCafferty

30" x 34"

Solar Burn on Paper

Increment by Increment # 1

Jay McCafferty

17" x 21"

Solar Burn on Paper

Increment by Increment #2

Jay McCafferty

17" x 21"

Solar Burn on Paper

Coalesce

Jay McCafferty

48" x 48"

Solar Burn on Paper

Alive # 1

Jay McCafferty

22" x 22"

Solar Burn on Paper

Alive # 2

Jay McCafferty

22" x 22"

Solar Burn on Paper

Alive #3

Jay McCafferty

22" x 22"

Solar Burn on Paper

Love Spiral

Miguel Osuna

72" x 72"

Ballpoint Pen on Canvas

Love Allowed

Miguel Osuna

49" x 49"

Ballpoint Pen on Recycled Plastic

150 a, b, c, d, and e

Miguel Osuna

5 sets of (10) 12" x 12" each

Ballpoint Pen on Canvas

Love endless

Miguel Osuna

18" x 80"

Oil Reduction on Aluminum Plate

IW-6

Miguel Osuna

12" x 36"

Ballpoint Pen on Recycled Plastic

IW-5

Miguel Osuna

12" x 36"

Ballpoint Pen on Recycled Plastic

Inside Job

Miguel Osuna

18" x 80"

Ballpoint Pen on Resin

Double Weave

Miguel Osuna

96" x 96"

Ballpoint Pen on Canvas

Jolt # 1

Jay McCafferty

18" x 18"

Solar Burn on Paper

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