Luke Van Hook – Inglewood – 07/31/2013

Luke Van Hook has been interested in abstract painting for years.  Referencing Giotto’s perfect circle as well as the Japanese Zen practices, Luke has explored the meditative nature of hand painting thousands upon thousands of circles onto canvas.  In addition to being a painter, Luke is expanding his practice by working with light and space. He incorporates LEDs and other types of bulbs with life-spans as a way to reference human experience and mortality. Another trajectory for his painting is a recent discovery of a transparent corrugated packing material that he’s painting on as well as using it as a support for found objects. For example, one of his recent material explorations, he used 900 black grocery bags to weave through a large piece of found Plexi glass, creating a compelling commentary on the extreme pressure unchecked consumerism is putting on the environment.