Photographer Jeremy Kost will be the featured artist at the inaugural art exhibit at Chi Chi Larue’s newly re-opened Circus of Books in Los Angeles, California.
The show, called Seismic Dreams, is a curated compilation of the artist’s work.
Kost recently posted on Instagram: “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or all? Sorry for the radio silence but I’ve been getting ready for the forthcoming Seismic Dreams exhibition and book release party at Circus of Books here in LA on 2/15 at 7pm! ALL are welcome! Please come! If you can’t make the opening, you can still buy the book on JeremyKost.com 🙏🏼 In the midst of that @jacobfiles and I were together @rockboundoasisretreatmaking some incredible images together. Lots more to come here and on @jeremykoststudio 💙.”
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1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or all? . Sorry for the radio silence but I’ve been getting ready for the forthcoming Seismic Dreams exhibition and book release party at Circus of Books here in LA on 2/15 at 7pm! ALL are welcome! Please come! If you can’t make the opening, you can still buy the book on JeremyKost.com 🙏🏼 . In the midst of that @jacobfiles and I were together @rockboundoasisretreat making some incredible images together. Lots more to come here and on @jeremykoststudio 💙
From the press release:
Circus of Books is pleased to present, Seismic Dreams, the gallery’s inaugural exhibition, and Jeremy Kost’s first exhibition in Los Angeles, featuring more than 30 works from his newly released book of the same name.
New gestures recall dreamlike hazes, swirling brushstrokes, and seismic heartbeats while packing a poetic punch of intense color, all over Jeremy’s signature, male-nude polaroids. These new marks are more painterly, more intentional, more whimsical, and definitively, more romantic. The Polaroids are sharper, with stronger definition and deeper range.The resulting work s stand in contrast to the overly-saturated, high-contrast photography we see in today’s Instagram-world. Two-dimensional snapshots become textured and alive. Contrast is distilled. The paint acts as an energetic punch against the muted, dreamlike tones of the Polaroid.
Rather than disguise or obscure, the paint brings both the figure and landscape of the original image into sharper relief, while repeating the conversation of figure and ground again with paint to Polaroid.
Whether staring back at the camera or captured at a distance, the men in Kost’s work exude a true sense of intimacy. They offer a canvas for our own projections and fantasies. The paint fractures the image, almost puncturing a reverie, reminding us of the vulnerability of that moment and inviting us in while also keeping us at a distance.
Seismic Dreams, the book, continues the investigation of painting and Polaroid that Jeremy began with his last book, Isolated But Not Alone. It is a substantial 194 pages and features 162 new oil painted Polaroid works, all made between October 2018 and October 2019.
Jeremy Kost : Seismic Dreams opens on February 15, 2020 and will remain on view through April 11, 2020. You can purchase the book here limited to 750 signed and numbered copies.