Flattening out the landscape increases the distinctness of the layers.

Every now and then I hear of an art show at a non-traditional art space, i.e. neither a museum nor a gallery. Most recently, I attended Art & Music at Unita, a collaborative workspace at 215 Main St. in El Segundo.

Zacc West & Lisa Ritchie

Zacc West & Lisa Ritchie

Unita had the vibe of a laid-back college party. People had grouped off into cliques, along the walls and the chairs and the snack table. I was sitting on a couch, listening to the guitarism and vocals of Lisa Ritchie, when someone I knew walked by into the next room.

It was Kim Marra, an abstract artist whose work, lately, has been evolving with texture (Whenever I think of the word ‘texture,’ Clara Berta pops into my mind, saying “Texture creates history”).

Kim Marra: Backyard #2

Kim Marra: Growth

You can see here, abstract shapes and austere geometric with crisp contours are softened up by the materiality inside them, suggesting a concreteness and nuance to the abstraction.

Kim Marra: Downstairs

Kim Marra: Downstairs

“Most of my work is about figuring out what home means to me,” Kim said. And so, you can see the materials that evoke house-ness. Flattening out the landscape increases the distinctness of the layers and surfaces. And her geometric figures all stand out and compete across the canvas, the palette and texture prevents the angles from seeming harsh.

Kim Marra herself! She's posing next to 'Racked Up.'

Kim Marra herself! She’s posing next to ‘Racked Up.’

Unita hosts Art & Music on the first Thursday of every month.!