Mark Innerst Reveals New Paintings at Kohn Gallery

by Sid Feddema

 Mark Innerst. "Overpass" (2018).

Mark Innerst. "Overpass" (2018).

Few artists capture the awe and beauty of the built environment like Mark Innerst. His gleaming, vertiginous skyscrapers, sometimes abstracted into pure shape and color, reflect a love for both painting and urban life reminiscent of the affection paid to nature in more traditional landscape painting.

 Mark Innerst. "Old Florida" (2018).

Mark Innerst. "Old Florida" (2018).

Innerst is often cited as a keystone of the influential "pictures generation" of artists, along with Barbara Kruger and others, defined by their use of familiar forms and contexts to reconsider our relationship to everyday objects and settings. The artist continues his exultation of the familiar—frayed urban palms in Florida, highway overpasses, subway stations—with a series of lively new paintings on view through May 23 at Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles, marking his first solo show in the city in over a decade. Head to the gallery and leave with a new appreciation for the cityscape we often take for granted.

 

 Mark Innerst. "Central Park South" (2018).

Mark Innerst. "Central Park South" (2018).