Vanessa McConnellOctober 14—December 12, 2021
Vanessa McConnell installation view, 2021. image courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. photo: Jeff McLane
The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) presented the first institutional solo exhibition by Los Angeles artist Vanessa McConnell.
Vanessa McConnell’s exhibition presented a selection of recent paintings and works on paper characterized by their thick impasto surfaces and decisive brushstrokes. McConnell creates densely textured abstract compositions by adding multiple layers of acrylic paint, often working until her brush is too heavy with paint to be manipulated. The expressive nature of her mark-making, which sometimes leads to tears and rips in the paper, evinces the artist’s powerful compulsion to paint. The exhibition also featured a selection of ephemera generated by McConnell’s distinctive process, including a series of paint-drenched brushes and vessels from the studio, that have acquired a lacquered appearance over time.
Special thank you to the Los Angeles Public Library for their generous support and time in developing this virtual tour.
Vanessa McConnell (b. 1960, Houston, TX, lives and works in Los Angeles, CA) began her practice at the Exceptional Children’s Foundation Art Centers (ECF) in 1983 at the MLK studio in South Los Angeles, and now works from the ECF Art Center Westside studio located in Inglewood California. The ECF Art Center Westside is one of ECF’s five progressive art studios supporting adult artists with developmental disabilities.