Wilding Cran, Post-Post

Christian Eckart
January 30  – March 26, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 30, 6-8pm

Wilding Cran Gallery is pleased to present post-post, a solo exhibition by internationally acclaimed, Houston based artist Christian Eckart. Featuring new works, the exhibition explores Eckart’s philosophical inquiry and interrogation of the concept of “Art” articulated in the form of painting/sculpture hybrids. With a career spanning over 30 years, he has established a substantial record of more than 60 international solo exhibitions. post. post will be Eckart’s first solo show in Los Angeles. 

The presentation at Wilding Cran Gallery will include the most recent version of his well- known series, Sacra Conversazione Painting, subtitled Versione Follia, and two new  diptych works based upon his White Painting series from the mid-1980's. In addition there will be an example of a newly initiated series entitled Polychrome Paintings and a work related to Cloud Room Field, the recently completed 60 foot-long commission artwork for Houston Hobby Airport. 

Also on view will be The Absurd Vehicle, which was produced over a five year period from 2006-2011. Considered to be one of Eckart’s seminal and summary objects, he describes The Absurd Vehicle as a painting with an identity crisis, extending specifically out of the tradition of the Northern Romantic Sublime, that decided to become a sculpture, then a hot-rod, then a space vehicle, then a time machine and finally resolving itself, seemingly, as an oracle. The title, The Absurd Vehicle, references the motivations, aspirations and perhaps implausibility for paintings to be used as mechanisms of and for transcendence. "My work in general is an interrogation of such utility and expectations,” 
says Eckart. 

post-post is intended as a question, what is after after or what comes after after? The argument posited by Eckart's work is straightforward. By examining the underlying principles of the family and/or class of objects, actions, gestures, etc. deemed to be artworks, we can capture a glimpse of who and what we are through the objectification and/or crystallization of our hopes, wishes, needs, aspirations, dreams and desires within the phenomena we consensually acknowledge to be artworks. He deploys a kind of meta-painting as a way to engage the viewer into critical consideration of the underlying social, political, economic, philosophical, intellectual and spiritual imperatives, "the software” undergirding the concept of "Art" itself. Eckart explains that, “clearly all paintings are not“Art” and all “Art” is not painting, so what are the conditions that allow for a painting to enter into and take its place within the rarified realm of artworks.” 

Canadian born (Calgary, Alberta, 1959, American citizenship since 1995) international artist Christian Eckart, formerly based in New York (1984-2003), settled in Houston, Texas at the beginning of 2003. During the 20 years he lived in NYC and up to the present Eckart’s work has been the subject of over 60 solo exhibitions, including many museum surveys, and has been included in over 150 group exhibitions. His work is represented in many important private and public permanent collections including those of The Guggenheim Museum, N.Y., The Museum of Modern Art, N.Y., Museum ModernerKunst, Vienna, The Chicago Art Institute, The Detroit Institute of Art, the Broad Art Foundation and The Art Gallery of Ontario as well as many others throughout North America, Europe and Asia. With regard to Los Angeles, Eckart’s work has been collected in-depth by The Eli and Edythe Broad Collection and can be found in other important LA based collections. Eckart’s work was included in the Color & Form exhibition curated by Franklin Sirmans in 2010 at LACMA in relation to the work of Blinky Palermo which also included works by Peter Halley, Gunther Forg, John McCracken, among others. Eckart was an instructor at The School of Visual Art, NY, from 1994 through 2002, the Glassell School of Art of The Museum of Fine Art Houston 2003 - 2005 and he has held visiting professorships at both the University of Houston and Rice University. He has lectured extensively throughout North America and Europe, realized many public and private commissions, organized group exhibitions and published a number of essays and articles. 

Wilding Cran Gallery, founded by Anthony Cran and Naomi Wilding, is a Los Angeles gallery representing international contemporary artists working in a variety of mediums. Since its April 2014 launch in the burgeoning arts district of downtown Los Angeles, the gallery has presented ten exhibitions in the main gallery and has hosted several special events from live music to art performances. The gallery also serves as a platform to support local and universal social causes through arts education programming and philanthropic work. Additionally, Wilding Cran programs Unit B, an independent creative project space in the storefront adjacent to the gallery. More info at www.wildingcran.com

Gallery hours: Wed - Fri, 11am– 6pm , Saturday, 12pm– 6pm, Closed Sunday-Tuesday. 

For media inquiries, please contact Jessica McCormack at jessica@wildingcran.com or 323 497 9308. 

939 South Santa Fe Ave Los Angeles, CA 90021
213 453 9000 


Haunting Holbein atTrépanier Baer

Haunting Holbein:
Evan Penny, Christian Eckart & Vikky Alexander
Opening Saturday, January 23, 2016
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

TrépanierBaer is delighted to open its Winter 2016 Season with Haunting Holbein, an exhibition featuring new work by Evan Penny, and by Christian Eckart, including important early works by Vikky Alexander.

Evan Penny is a conceptually-based figurative sculptor and photographer living and working in Toronto, Ontario. Born in South Africa in 1953, Penny immigrated to Canada in 1964. He completed his BA with Honours in 1975 and his MFA in Sculpture in 1978, both at Alberta College of Art + Design.

Evan Penny has had numerous solo exhibitions around the world, including the Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo; the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; the 49th Parallel, New York; and Galeria Sergovia, Spain, to name a few.  Penny’s work was the subject of a lauded solo exhibition titled Evan Penny: Re Figured. Curated by Daniel J. Schreiber of Germany’s Kunsthalle Tübingen, this large-scale survey exhibition included over 30 works, including larger-than-life sculptures and photographs. It was shown at European venues such as the Kunsthalle Tübingen, Germany (2011); the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria (2012); and MARCA, Catanzaro, Italy (2012); and concluded its run at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada (2012/2013). A comprehensive multilingual catalogue accompanied the exhibition. Evan Penny's work will be included in 50 Years of Hyperrealist Sculpture at the Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Spain in the summer of 2016, and at MARCO, Monterrey, Mexico in the fall of 2016.

Evan Penny is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada; the Art Gallery of Ontario; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Columbus Museum of Art; the Glenbow Museum; Portrait Gallery of Canada; the Hirshhorn Museum; and the Art Gallery of Ontario, to name a few, and in many significant private collections around the world.

Christian Eckart is an abstract painter and sculptor. Born in Calgary, Canada in 1959, he lives and works in Houston, Texas. He graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 1984, and completed his MFA from Hunter College, CUNY, New York in 1986. Since graduating, Eckart has participated in over 200 hundred solo and group exhibitions worldwide.

Christian Eckart has won and successfully completed numerous large-scale projects within the past decade. Two of note are a sculpture/mobile consisting of three large scale mirror polished stainless steel rings for an atrium at 805 – 3rd Avenue in Manhattan, New York for the Cohen Brothers Reality Group; and a wall-mounted triptych titled Hatrick made of 1,500 hand-made components installed in Calgary’s Centennial Place in 2013. Eckart recently unveiled a new wall-mounted commission for the William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas. 
Christian Eckart’s work is represented in many important private and public permanent collections including those of the Guggenheim Museum, N.Y.; the Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.; the New York Public Library; the Chicago Art Institute; the Detroit Institute of Art; the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria; the Musée d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France; the Australian National Gallery; the SCHAUWERK in Sindelfingen, Germany; and the Eli Broad and Eli Broad Family Foundations, Santa Monica, California as well as many others throughout North America, Europe and Asia. 

Vikky Alexander is a photographer/sculptor living and working in Vancouver. She teaches in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. Born in Victoria, British Columbia, Alexander attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and graduated with her BFA in 1979.

Alexander has had solo exhibitions and installations at TrépanierBaer Gallery, Calgary; Wilding Cran Gallery, Los Angeles; The Apartment, Vancouver; Art Gallery of Windsor; Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland; and at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; and Houses of Glass, The Engine Room Gallery, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand. She has been included in group exhibitions such as The Experience of Landscape, Whitney Museum of American Art; Toward a History of the Found Object, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon; in Interdidal: Vancouver Art and Artists at the Antwerp Museum of Contemporary Art where she exhibited four large format (40” x 60”) colour photographs from the Model Suite Series; and in the National Gallery of Canada’s Biennial of Contemporary Canadian Art titled Builders.

Alexander’s work is included in many prestigious collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the National Gallery of Canada; the Canada Council; the Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece; and the Vancouver Art Gallery, to name a few.

Image Credit:
Haunting Holbein Installation at Art Toronto 2015
Evan Penny, Homage to Holbein, 2015  (left)
Christian Eckart, Polychrome Painting #2, 2015 (right)