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Willa Wasserman at The Gallery at Michael’s
October 15, 2019 • 10:00 am - October 22, 2019 PDT
On View through November 3, 2019.
Michael’s restaurant in Santa Monica has been hosting The Gallery at Michael’s for almost two years, taking up the historic legacy of the restaurant as an artist hang out and informal, pop-up exhibition space. Today, The Gallery installs curated exhibitions in the upstairs dining area of the restaurant. Currently installed in the sparse space—with only one dining table prepped for a party of ten— is a quiet exhibition of works by Willa Wasserman. The artist uses metalpoint—an ancient technique often used to create a preliminary underpainting—to create ghostly still lives through the dense repetition of lines. Based in traditional styles of portraiture and still life painting, these works are buzzy and expansive, upending traditional representation by demanding a slower pace of viewing as Wasserman’s fuzzy lines coalesce into discernible forms.