KP Projects/MKG is proud to present Nightgardens, the latest exhibition by Jeff Soto.
In his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles since 2006, Jeff Soto’s Nightgardens is a continued exploration into contemporary landscape painting coupled with the idea of myth and the mysterious. The imagery created does not exist in our world yet references real life dilemmas, conflicts and journeys into the unknown.
Both familiar and otherworldly images dot alien-like terrain where creatures of the night such as owls, cats and wolves make appearances, yet are not always what they seem. Ancient Yeti-like creatures called ‘Seekers’ - either from the distant future or forgotten past - meander through purple-blue sunsets and moss covered hills while traversing past urban civilization in the form of geometric architecture, telephone poles, palm trees, and toys. Soto invites us into an imaginary world of magic, monsters and daydreams that alludes to a need for transcendence in the modern world.
“Most of my visuals come from free writing and drawing, dreams, and other Surrealist techniques. I have a long-standing love of landscape painting and have been working it into my compositions for decades. Nature is one of my biggest inspirations, especially the purple-blue hills and mountains of Southern California. The compositions can be busy and chaotic because that is how my life and thoughts are. I enjoy playful randomness well as traditional illustrative rendering. Graffiti was and continues to be a factor in my work.” – Jeff Soto“Nightgardens”
Exhibition Dates: June 27th - July 25th, 2015
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12 – 6pm
KP Projects / MKG
170 S. La Brea Avenue
(in the ART 170 Building)
Los Angeles, CA 90036