This February Seyhoun Gallery near Beverly Hills had a landmark exhibition: Alexey Klokov’s Los Angeles debut. Klokov has exhibited all over the world from Moscow to London, from Tokyo to Washington. While not his first time showing in the United States, it is his first exhibit on the West Coast.
This was uncharted or at least less frequently travelled waters for the gallery as well. Seyhoun Gallery boasts the largest number of self-identified artists from abroad and patrons of any gallery in the city. Though they do branch out and draw in artists from all walks of life, to exhibit an artist of Klokov’s international renown is a great addition to Seyhoun’s roster.
Within the open, white walls of the Seyhoun Gallery, patrons and art lovers drifted from piece to piece. Their conversations filled the space with the delightful buzz of an exhibition that inspires discussion. An artist like Klokov inspires conversation in every space his work fills, which perhaps shows in his effort to use recognizable subjects in his works, which have been subtlety or unsubtlety abstracted to bring the artist’s audience into discussion with the piece.
The exhibit featured 10 works by Klokov drawn together from all around the world. There was something for everyone from lovers of the representational to devotees to abstraction. Featured prominently was Autobiography, a delightful splash of Roman and Cyrillic characters across a red field that inspires the viewer’s own contemplation of the meaning of the Self, and each of our own life stories. Delicate linework atop a creamy, rich background of red and blacks draws the indecipherable writing into sharp focus.
Among the other works exhibited were Inevitable, Urban Romance, and Spring Solo, each from wildly different series. The show itself was an exploration of the artist’s entire oeuvre. By gathering the diasporic artworks together, Seyhoun Gallery transported the viewer into Klokov’s studio, in a way. For nowhere else would you be able to walk such a short distance but be transported into a completely different world.
Though the show is now over, Klokov’s work may be viewed online at http://alexklokov.com or at an upcoming exhibition in Canada. Seyhoun Gallery is located at 9007 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood.