Review: “Deep sense of mystery pervades Peter Zokosky's paintings”
By David Pagel
Los Angeles Times, July 15, 2014
Peter Zokosky’s portraits of puppets, babies and fish get visitors involved with creatures we would ordinarily overlook or go out of our way to avoid. At Koplin Del Rio Gallery, the L.A. artist’s 18 paintings, each neatly set in a handmade frame, invite us to extend our sympathies beyond the bounds of familiarity, not to mention comfort and complacency.
In the 18th and 19th centuries that was what Romanticism was all about: getting selves to expand so they’d be more connected to the cosmos. Realism put an end to such dreamy idealism, leaving art in the 20th century focused on life’s gritty details.
Today, Zokosky binds together these divergent strands, wrapping Romanticism and Realism around each other by linking ordinary subjects and unexpected emotions.
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