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at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

Updated December 23, 2009

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Bob Zoell is a critically acclaimed Los Angeles artist. Zoell has served as visiting faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles. Zoell's untitled piece displayed in the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts is 5 feet 5 inches by 18 feet. It features cel-vinyl on canvas and is unframed on a blond wood stretcher.

For the past thirty years, the L.A.-based painter, whose work constantly pushes at the boundaries of this medium, has sought to get beyond the comforts of what has been done before so that something unforeseen might take shape - with greater clarity and precision than previously imagined, much less conceived. To this end Zoell's paintings are at once resolved and open-ended, clear-cut in the decision-making processes they embody, yet indeterminate in the unpredictable pleasures they generate when taken up by viewers, whose needs and desires take them in various, often conflicting directions.

Artist's Statement

The most curious and phenomenal space is between something and nothing, between be and not be, between is and isn't. That space that changes everything from Nothing and in a state of Grace to Something. Something that isn't then Is. In the most traditional sense, not unlike Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Picasso, Newman, et al, I locate on a field and mark it to celebrate that decision.

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