SOLO EXHIBITION

CAPRICCIOS

Gallery Sonja Roesch

Houston, TX

April 4 - June 20, 2020

 

Gallery Sonja Roesch is pleased to announce “Capriccios”, an exhibition of the latest series of works on linen by Mokha Laget. The show will be opening on Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 5-7pm, and will be on view through June 20, 2020. An artist reception will be held separately on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 from 5-7pm.

In this series of linen works, Mokha Laget creates complex articulations of imaginary space by freely arranging geometric shapes on stretched fabric. Spatial and architectural in nature, yet untethered from gravity, these forms operate like a kind of visual poem that unfolds across the picture plane. Off the grid and hinged together by only a few lines, the shapes are arranged like abstract scenery, emerging purely from an intuition of right proportions and formal dynamics. These paintings follow an aesthetic strategy similar to that of a Capriccio, a type of 18th century painting in which enigmatic and disparate architectural elements are brought together in fictional scenes, suggesting simultaneously believable yet impossible realms. The term Capriccio can also refer to free-form music, and is closely associated with the process of improvisation. Each shape grows dynamically and organically in space—the way cloud formations might develop—and speaks the language of contemporary dance choreography.

MUSEUM GROUP EXHIBITION

LANDFALL PRESS: FIVE DECADES OF PRINTMAKING

Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee, WI

October 3, 2019 - February 9, 2020

 

Landfall Press: Five Decades of Printmaking celebrates the history and innovation behind one of America’s most renowned printers-publishers on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary year. Founded in 1970 by Jack Lemon, in Chicago, Landfall Press has cultivated a uniquely collaborative environment and produced work for many artists at different points in their career. The press has operated out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, since 2004.

 

The exhibition features approximately 100 editioned prints and printmaking materials from the Museum’s Landfall Press Archive, established in 1992, and reveals the various and often complex processes that go into printmaking at Landfall.

MUSEUM EXHIBITION

ALCOVES 2020 #1

New Mexico Museum of Art

Santa Fe, NM

August 10, 2019- October 13, 2019

 

Artists include:

Stuart Arends, Mokha Laget, Diane Marsh, Dan Namingha, and Emi Ozawa

GROUP EXHIBITION

THE SHAPE SHIFTERS II

Peyton Wright Gallery

Santa Fe, NM

September 6 -30, 2019

 

Artists include:

Charles Hinman, Mokha Laget, Angelo Di Benedetto

GROUP EXHIBITION

Brian Gross Fine Arts

SUMMER GROUP

August 8 - 24, 2019

Works by: 

Peter Alexander, Marco Casentini, Sue Dirksen, Donald Feasél, Alfonso Fratteggiani Bianchi, Dana Hart-Stone, Mokha Laget, Ed Moses, and Johnnie Winona Ross

GRANT AWARD

Mokha Laget has been awarded a 2019 POLLOCK-KRASNER FOUNDATION artist grant!

The official announcement in Art Forum is here.

GUEST CURATOR PROJECT

FRESH LOOK: a selection of women from the Madi collection 

guest curated by Mokha Laget

April 26 - July 22, 2019

Museum of Geometric and MADI Art, Dallas, TX

View the catalog here.

SOLO EXHIBITION

BRIAN GROSS FINE ARTS PRESENTS MOKHA LAGET: SPATIAL CHROMATICS

January 5 – February 16, 2019

248 Utah St.

San Francisco, CA

Brian Gross Fine Art is pleased to announce its debut exhibition of Santa Fe artist, Mokha Laget, opening January 5, 2019, with a reception from 4-6pm and artist talk at 4:30pm.  Spatial Chromatics features recent paintings that explore the interplay between geometric color abstraction and perceptual space.  The exhibition will be on view through February 16, 2019.

Optically charged and vibrantly hued, Mokha Laget combines irregularly shaped canvases, geometric abstraction, and saturated color to create dynamic compositions.  Formed by the layering of multiple geometric shapes, Laget uses their intersections as borders for her large areas of deep color.  Some produce striking changes of tone, while others have more subtle shifts, as if one form is a transparent overlay of another.  Diagonal lines are an important element in Laget’s division of the surface, their intersections and juxtapositions creating dynamic visual movement.  As the internal geometry and the outer structure of the composition combine and create visual depth, they result in “spatial riddles” that defy logic and challenge the viewer.

For more information about the show, visit Brian Gross Fine Arts. 

SOLO EXHIBITION

GALLERY SONJA ROESCH PRESENTS MOKHA LAGET: SPATIAL LUMINANCE

November 10, 2018 - January 12, 2019

2309 Caroline Street
Houston, TX 

Spatial Luminance is a solo exhibition of recent works by Mokha Laget created in 2018. Her paintings reflect the artist’s continued investigation of space and light in large, colorful shaped canvases. 

 

Mokha Laget has created a series of geometric abstractions that vacillate between non-objective interpretations and illusory perspective. Her stacked arrangement of forms activates and draws the eye in a multitude of directions, transcending the pictorial space into the architectural space of the gallery.   

For more information about the show, visit Gallery Sonja Roesch. 

MUSEUM EXHIBITION

FULL CIRCLE: HUE AND SATURATION OF THE WASHINGTON COLOR SCHOOL
April 28 - June 2, 2018

Luther W. Brady Art Galleries
Corcoran School of the Arts and Design
500 Seventeenth St, NW
Washington, DC 20006
 

Washington Color School artists such as Gene Davis, Alma Thomas, Paul Reed, Howard Mehring, Jacob Kainen, Leon Berkowitz and others are Washington’s legacy and continually grow in stature in international arenas.  What is particular about Washington, D.C. that may have shaped Color Field painting? The geometry, the atmosphere, or was it the presence of such collections as that of the Corcoran or the Phillips that combined to incubate the Washington Color School artists?  Drawing from the GW Collection along with critical loans, paintings and mixed media will provide examples of the Washington Color School and its legacy. This exhibition marks the first for the Luther W. Brady Art Galleries in their new space in the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, a fitting venue as many of the artists represented were alumni of the Corcoran or have showed there before.  Works by Davis, Tom Downing, Sheila Isham, Mokha Laget, Morris Louis, Larry Poons, Ann Purcell, Reed, Anne Truitt, and Ken Young, among others, will be included.

MUSEUM ACQUISITION

STRATUM #4
George Washington University acquires Mokha Laget's shaped canvas for permanent collection. This piece will be on view this spring in Washington DC. 

EXHIBITION CATALOG AVAILABLE

EXHIBITION CATALOG
MOKHA LAGET: RECENT WORKS

 

In conjunction with her solo exhibition, a catalog is published by Louis Stern Fine Arts. 

Read it here.

SOLO EXHIBITION

LOUIS STERN FINE ARTS PRESENTS MOKHA LAGET: RECENT WORKS

April 28 - June 2, 2018

9002 Melrose Ave.

Los Angeles, CA

Louis Stern Fine Arts is pleased to present “Mokha Laget: Recent Works.” The exhibition of paintings, created within the last two years, bespeaks the artist’s meticulous attention to color and craft. Executed on spirited, irregularly shaped canvases that entice the eye with illusory perspective, Laget’s work dances with visual enigma and arresting color.

The fusion of shaped canvas and colorplay activate in the viewer a kind of kinetic anticipation, straining against the mind’s expectation of symmetry and convention. Three overlapping parallelograms, identical in size, are transformed into an Escher-like impossible object using deftly layered colors, each shape continually fighting to advance to the front. A series of various stacked shapes appear to wrap and fold around themselves, recalling a half-finished origami design. The eye fights to reconcile the missing corner on a jewel-like rectangle. In each painting, the artist’s chromatic sleight-of-hand creates optical delights: diaphanous shapes that struggle to escape the confines of the two-dimensional picture plane.

For more information about the show, visit Louise Stern Fine Arts. 

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

MOKHA LAGET JOINS BRIAN GROSS FINE ART
Brian Gross Fine Art
248 Utah Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Brian Gross Fine Art was established in 1990 in the Union Square area of the city. In 1995, the gallery moved to 49 Geary, where it remained for 18 years before moving to 248 Utah Street in the Potrero Hill neighborhood. The gallery maintains an active exhibition program, mounting 6–8 exhibitions per year. BGFA’s record has been distinguished by its thoughtfully curated installations, the quality and strength of the art it has presented, and the validation of numerous critical reviews. Over years, it has won the respect of the international community of artists, collectors, curators and colleagues.

For more information, visit Brian Gross Fine Art. 

RESIDENCY AWARD

GOLDEN FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2018 AWARDS  

In 2012 the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts opened its doors to a one-of a-kind artist residency for artists working in paint. In the beautiful rolling hills of central New York and just several hundred yards from the Golden Artist Colors manufacturing facility, a 19th century barn has been transformed into a 21st century artist residency, with large studio spaces and private residency apartments. Artists-in-residence participate in a completely unique opportunity to explore the widest, most innovative range of materials and technology available today for professional artists working with paint.

Mokha Laget will be an artist-in-residence at Golden in Fall 2018. Learn more about Golden AIRS.

MUSEUM ACQUISITION

ULRICH MUSEUM PRESENTS

Unmoored Geographies: Works from the Permanent Collection

September 9, 2017 – March 25, 2018
 

In 2016, the Ulrich Museum acquired Mokha Laget's Pliage, a lithograph published by Landfall Press. It is featured in this exhibition which includes artists: Laura Berman, Claudia Bernardi, Sonia Boyce/Ain Bailey, Julia Brown, Judy Chicago, Christo, Nathaniel Donnett, Gary Jo Gardenhire, Graciela Iturbide, Mokha Laget, Hew Locke, Vik Muniz, Lorraine O’Grady, Otabenga Jones and Associates, Nusra Qureshi, Faith Ringgold, David Row, Humberto Saenz, Hans Schabus, Tanja Softic, Daryl Vocat, Carrie Mae Weems, Emmi Whitehorse, Matika Wilbur, Zarina

More info here.

CRITICAL REVIEW

MOKHA LAGET, LE JEU ABSTRAIT DE L'ESPRIT

This critical review was written in response to Mokha Laget's October 2017 exhibition at Salon des Réalités Nouvelles in Paris.  

Read it here.

SOLO EXHIBITION CATALOG AVAILABLE

IN SHAPE, IN COLOR
published by David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
September 2017

A full-color, 32-page catalog was published in conjunction with Mokha Laget's recent solo exhibition at David Richard Gallery. It includes critical essays by William Peterson and Nancy Zastudil and features images of new work. Download a catalog here.

GUEST CURATOR PROJECT

Poetic Densities: the painted wood reliefs of Joel Froment and Elvira Daeter

published by the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art, Dallas, TX
October 2017

​Last fall, Mokha Laget curated a group exhibition at the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art. Download the catalog with Mokha's essay here. 

SECOND COMMISSION

NORTH LIGHT, 2018

Installed at the new Embassy in Nouakchott, Mauritania last year, North Light is a large mural commissioned by the Art In Embassies Program (AIEP) and funded by the US Department of State. An addition has been commissioned to extend the mural, including one additional panel to the left and two additional panels to the right, bringing the total size to 108"x 384".  More info and images here. 

SITE-BASED COMMISSION

NORTH LIGHT, 2017

North Light is a project commissioned by Art In Embassies Program (AIEP) and funded by the US Department of State. As a public-private partnership, AIEP promotes cultural diplomacy through site-specific commissions that take into account the host country's artistic traditions and cultural mores. North Light was created as a series of five panels (36”x 108”), which bring together architectural elements of the West and brilliant colors of the Western Sahara. Its title references natural reflected light from the north rather than direct sunlight. North Light will be installed on a 30-foot wall in the large reception area of the new Embassy in Nouakchott, Mauritania, in August, 2017.

GROUP EXHIBITION

The Shape Shifters
Peyton Wright Gallery
Santa Fe, NM

July 7 - August 2, 2017

The Shape Shifters was an exploration of paintings by 20th and 21st century artists who work with the shaped canvas. The exhibition featured works dating from the mid-1960s through the present day. Artists included: Tom Downing, Charles Hinman, Mokha Laget, Janet Lippincott, Alvin Loving Jr., Leon Polk Smith, Donald Roy Thompson, Leo Valledor. An online catalog is available here.

JURIED EXHIBITION

Biennial: Origins in Geometry
Museum of Geometric and MADI Art
Dallas, TX

July 28 – October 22, 2017

Biennial: Origins in Geometry is a juried competition to recognize excellence in emerging visual artists deriving inspiration from geometric abstraction.This biennial will be curated by the juror, Magdalena Mujica de Arria. Magdalena founded GraphicArt Gallery in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1976 and serves as its Director. For more information, visit the Geometric MADI Museum.

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