Bob Landström Navigates the Multiverse in First Solo Exhibition in Los Angeles at bG Gallery this Summer

Dates: July 16, 2022 – August 8, 2022

Artist Talk: Curator Kate Stern will be interviewing Landström about this work via Instagram LIVE on Wednesday, Aug 3rd, 1PM PST

Bob Landström, known for his abstract, metaphysical paintings made from crushed, pigmented igneous rock, makes his debut in Los Angeles at bG Gallery with his new solo exhibition, Multiverse, opening July 16 2022 – August 8, 2022. Multiverse includes several new works from Landström and is as much an investigation into his personal fascination with metaphysics and theories about multiple universes as it is a wide-sweeping exploration into the ways we perceive reality and create meaning.  

“My work is about making the unseen seen. I’m thrilled to bring Multiverse to bG Gallery and to let a whole new audience in Los Angeles take part in a conversation that extends beyond art and into the metaphysical.”- Bob Landström

With backgrounds in both fine art and engineering, Landström experimented with igneous rock until he arrived at his own version of Haute Pâte (matter painting). As igneous rock takes time to cure on canvas, Landström must look beyond the present to how something will eventually turn out. In the same way, his work is about disengaging the ways we perceive and associate symbols, lyrics, formulas, mathematics, mysticism—anything normally ascribed to belief systems—in order to reveal a core human experience akin to the natural elements he uses in his paintings. 

“Landström uses ancient materials to explore the nature of our existence as though upon ashes of the fire in Plato’scave itself.”– Om Bleicher, bG Gallery Owner

Bob Landström is an artist who primarily works with crushed, pigmented volcanic rock. His abstract paintings, with their highly granulated texture and color combinations, only achieved through such a medium, reconsider our relationship with meaning by eliciting the iconography of ancient languages, science, religions, and mysticism.

Born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, Landström studied fine art by invitation at Carnegie-Mellon University. He later continued his fine art education at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. Landström also earned a BBachelor’sand Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering.

LLandström’swork has been exhibited extensively and can be found in public, private, and corporate collections around the world. He is the winner of the 1993 SOHO International Competition in New York, the 1994 and 2002 Open Studios National Competition, and other awards. When not in the studio, Landström spends considerable time abroad and has visited archeological sites across the world, which inform his studies and artistic practice.

Landström currently lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia.

About bG Gallery

bG Gallery specializes in accomplished artists who have crossed traditionally contentious art ideologies including expressive-conceptual, insider-outsider, high-low, and figurative-abstract.

The postmodern era raised questions about the importance of originality and genre. bG Gallery believes that an ‘anything goes’ answer to these questions has led to short-lived market trends that are unfair to the investors and artists that get caught up in them. A more appropriate response to the postmodern quandary is an exploration of voices that survive through multiple genres and movements. Works that speak to true vision in conjunction to a pioneering approach typically are the works that have established historical legacy.

bG Gallery aims to bring authentic art with elements of human spirit back to the forefront of the contemporary art scene. Art that does not hide and succeeds in spite or because of its flaws.

bG Gallery strives to foster, establish, and secure the careers of artists producing work in these disciplines.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12-5pm

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