Los Angeles is a city of private oases. There is always more than meets the eye, and PACE Gallery is no exception. Behind a large industrial sliding door and ivy-clad exterior, a lush courtyard and light-filled space, miles away from the busy thoroughfare outside. The gallery's current exhibition, I've Known Rivers, Brooklyn-based artist Hank Willis Thomas' first with PACE, explores a playful thought-provoking duality, not unlike the city and space in which it is presented.
Across a new body of mixed media work, Thomas creates multiple scenes, which emerge depending on the perspective of the viewer. In ambient lightning, the work presents a mix of figuration, abstraction, and landscapes. A collage of saturated colors. And then, with the aid of a flashlight, a powerful tapestry of Thomas' previous retroreflective work appear. A winding array of faces, histories, and stories converge to create a visual archive, hidden in plain sight.
I've Known Rivers is on view now through August 26th at PACE Gallery Los Angeles.