WENDELL GLADSTONE: D.O.A., S.O.S., ETC. surveys artist Wendell Gladstone’s work from 2007-2010. Organized into five loosely chronological groups coined by David Pagel-- “Landscapes,” “Apparitions,” “Drunken Visions and Rogue Fantasies,” and “Hybridized Icons and Mutant Totems”-- the book examines the startling depth and poeticism of Gladstone’s vision. Stunning, large-scale plates capture Gladstone’s rich textures and exquisite painterly qualities in full color detail. Spanning from the transcendent to the mundane, and across time, space, mythologies and histories, Gladstone collapses dialectical relationships to forge new meanings. The result is a brave new world, entirely of the artist's own creation.
With a foreword by Director and Chief Curator for the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Raphaela Platow and an essay by Los Angeles Times art critic and curator David Pagel.
About Wendell Gladstone
Wendell Gladstone lives and works in Los Angeles. His sculpturally painted tableaux mine imagined mythologies, history and symbolic iconography to create a liminal space; evoking a transcendent world that simultaneously pays tribute to a time immemorial, and a future as of yet imagined.
Wendell Gladstone received his B.A. from Brown University in Providence, RI and his M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA. His work has been included in major national exhibitions; most recently in LA Now curated by David Pagel at the Las Vegas Art Museum, Phastasmania, curated by Elizabeth Dunbar at the Kemper Museum in Kansas City, The Incomplete at the Chelsea Art Museum, a solo museum show at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, curated by Rachel Teagle and solo exhibitions at Kravets Wehby, NYC. He has also exhibited extensively internationally, including recent shows at Massimo Carassi/The Flat Gallery in Milan and Gallery Min Min in Tokyo. His work has received critical acclaim from press, including the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Las Vegas Sun, Flaunt, and Beautiful/Decay Magazine. He was also included in the catalogue Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture curated by Doug Fogelson for Front Forty Press.