Art: Peak and Flow at Country Club

In 'Peak and Flow' Fritz Chesnut exhibits his new abstract paintings, which radiate a definite West Coast vibe. Pacific waves crash. Malibu mudslides ooze. At Country Club through May 29.

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Fritz Chesnut apparently was California dreamin’ during his 11 years in New York.

The 37-year-old artist (who grew up in Santa Barbara) is living in L.A. now, and his new abstract paintings radiate a definite West Coast vibe. Pacific waves crash. Malibu mudslides ooze.

But the appeal of the Californian’s Peak and Flow is nearly coast-to-coast. In a first for the galleries, Country Club’s Oakley and Los Angeles locations chose to present the exhibition concurrently — different pieces from the same series.

Chesnut doesn't use a brush to create these works. Instead he drips, pours and sprays paint upon a canvas on the ground, then tilts and turns the surface to achieve the desired effect. The process sounds like Jackson Pollock’s, but Chesnut’s paintings don’t have the dense and chaotic feeling of the late artist’s works. 

The art is on view locally through May 29. Get show details and find nearby bars and restaurants here.

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