Peter Makela,” Ah La La Ho”, a solo painting exhibition
Oct 19th thru Nov 16 2018.
Fri-Sat 2-6pm + by appt
Opening Reception Friday Oct 19th 7-11pm
LAST Projects is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Peter Makela, Ah La La Ho. This exhibition marks Makela’s first solo show in Los Angeles. Makela finds his images through a multilayered act of painting, utilizing additive and reductive painting processes. Makela is highly interested in altered states and cognitive processes. His studio practice is informed by extended silent meditation retreats and fasts. Working with multiple overlaid patterns, transparent glazes and figure ground plays, Makela seeks to create perceptual pieces that shift with the viewer.
“It is my understanding that everything consists of the five elements and that everything is sound, light and rays. In this way I began these paintings by constructing painted bands of light. While I was working on this series my Buddhist teacher, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu was ill. I visualized sending these lights to him. When this layer was completed I carved out figures, shapes and forms from these bands. As I did this I attempted to empty my mind, to connect with local spirits and guardians and to also make offerings, letting the forms manifest as offerings to the teacher. These forms arose automatically and spontaneously. These paintings represent my connection to his teachings and my gratitude to him and them.”