The American landscapes that Eric LoPresti depicts in his new paintings and drawings is, despite the soft hues with which he often inflects it, one that consistently reflects a “dark center”. Maintaining his established focus on the physical and psychological aftermath of the Cold War, LoPresti renders landscapes bearing the scars of nuclear testing and subsequent environmental clean-up campaigns, especially those near where he grew up, in the desert steppe of eastern Washington state, near the Hanford plutonium production site. With nods to both Ed Ruscha’s take on the pop-inflected vista of the West Coast and Gerhard Richter’s mastery of historically burdened European equivalents, “Different Country”,LoPresti’s third solo show at Like the Spice Gallery, achieves a kind of “desert noir”.

Eric LoPresti: Different Country
Like the Spice Gallery | 224 Roebling Street | Brooklyn | NY | 11211
April 8th – May 8th, 2011
Opening reception:
April 8th, 2011 6:30-9:00pm