L2kontemporary opens Moshe Elimelech watercolors exhibition

Moshé Elimelech and L2kontemporary present new work in an exhibition opening January 7, 2012. A series of finely executed watercolors will debut at L2Kontemporary Art Gallery in Chinatown. The exhibition runs from January 7-February 11.

Moshe Elimelech, Untitled No 7, 22 x 30 in. Photo: L2kontemporary.

As is any traditional pictorial work rendered with pigment on an absorptive surface, the watercolors are all unique, handmade, and immutable. For every purely geometric composition rendered in watercolor, there is one in which stylized elements of landscape and/or cityscape appear, describing a charmed world of nuanced atmosphere with simplified objects and topographies.

Elimelech transcends the professional design world into that of a fine artist. He applies his innate talent to creating powerful visual elements of the 21 century resulting in simple forms of traditional material. Although seemingly simple colored cells at first glance these works mask a hidden dialogue of rhythm, vibration and logic.

Accompanying this gallery show is the release of a sixty-page monograph entitled “Moshé Elimelech: Reflections and Arrangements,” of photographed works with an introduction by Peter Frank. The book includes images from his watercolors, arrangements, and installations.

Expressing his fascination with the nature of duality, artist Moshé Elimelech has the ability to take common shapes and compose a fortunate composition that possesses nuance, beauty and insight.

With a skilled eye for exacting detail gleaned from his professional experience as a designer, Elimelech pairs a modern aesthetic with impeccable hand-work, reviving something as arcane as the simple landscape watercolor for the present day observer.

Growing up in Israel, Moshé Elimelech was exposed to art at an early age. An acclaimed graphic designer, Elimelech in recent years has turned out work best described as a sophisticated synthesis of impressionistic features and architectural elements. He now resides in Los Angeles with his wife, noted fashion designer Shelli Segal.

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