LA-based painter Geoff McFetridge's (b. 1971) latest show, It Looks Like It Says, at Joshua Liner Gallery was definitely among my favorites. I had seen his work on Instagram and on his Tumblr, but of course in person is a much more evocative experience.
Also a graphic designer with an impressive client list, this background definitely informs his signature smooth, geometric style, a process of "drawing and redrawing an image until only the most essential pieces are left," he describes. "The paintings are done in a process of putting pieces together, like a puzzle. Until the last color is put down none of the colors make sense.”
"The colors are what hold the paintings together," says McFetridge. "The canvases have a very consistent surface, and simple imagery so color is vital. Often the sensation of painting the last color on a painting is one of plugging in the vacuum cleaner, the painting comes to life; noisy and vibrating.”
Interestingly, McFetridge works with reference, instead drawing and sketching from memory. To distill images to their "essentials" he often scans them and works further on the computer, then draws over the printed image again.
The show also included a number of smaller works on paper, mounted in a salon-style grid.
The car paintings in the back gallery were "an amalgamation of cars real and imagined," but they reference his childhood and current experience living in regions that require mobility: “Cars are an essential element to life in Los Angeles, and the suburbs I grew up in in Calgary.”
The show closed October 10th, but I hope this gives you an informed peek at this fantastic exhibition. Big thank you (and xo) to Tyler for help with photos on the busy busy gallery-hopping day!