Lari Pittman’s work presents juxtapositions between the utopic and dystopic, the sacred and the profane, and the public and the private, drawing simultaneously on elements of abstraction and figuration. Pittman’s paintings and works on paper present a multifaceted image field that appears to be constantly shifting and reinventing itself. In his compositions, images are not arranged traditionally around a central focus. Rather, they are placed expansively—essential elements run laterally across the surface, dot the perimeter, or sprawl in a dazzling array. This visual cacophony is not accidental but carefully calculated with acute attention to formal properties.
Pittman’s work has been the subject of several exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States. Solo exhibitions include Villa Arson, Nice, France; ICA, London; Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; and Corcoran Museum, Washington, DC.