Opening concurrently this week at Country Club Projects in Los Angeles and Cincinnati is the exhibition Peak and Flow by L.A. based painter Fritz Chesnut. For this exhibition, Chesnut departs from the psychologically rigorous photo realistic figurative paintings that characterized much of his earlier work, for calmer abstract works. His new paintings are very loose in their material handling and the content is less overt, if at all present. The new paintings reference the organic fluidity of water, smoke or lava, while also acting as a psychedelic climax that is on the cusp of exploding or imploding.
Peak and Flow marks the first solo exhibition for the artist since his 2002 exhibition at Bellwether Gallery in Brooklyn. The artist is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz and received his MFA from Rutgers University. His work has been feature in exhibitions at White Columns, The Bronx Museum and ARENA Gallery among other venues.