Loyal is pleased to announce Ammon Rost’s solo exhibition, Mother’s Eye. This is the Los Angeles artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery following the 2020 group exhibition The Hundredth Exhibition. A catalogue is be published for the exhibition.
It would be nice to have a mind clean of its debris. Something bright and polished as a spoon. Something sleek as an aerofoil. But our inner lives are invariably freckled, totally covered in crumbs. We are weighed down by the delicate wreckage of our thoughts. All we can do is admire it all, behold the intricacy of the dust on the mirrors of our minds. We can never wipe the dust away.
Sure, we can make some beautiful lines out of it. And the lines will look somewhat familiar. Some of them will look like extinct species of balloon string. Some of them will look like kisses from the empty room, silhouettes of threadbare evenings spent gathering the same seven pennies from your second-to-last pocket. Some of them could look like the signatures of conscientious ghosts, racing through their clerical chores.
Equally, we can make some beautiful blobs out of it. The blobs will be kind of serious. The seriousness of a piece of sushi, sitting there, looking at you, after the lunch rush, when the afternoon has confessed its disappointment. Or your mother’s gaze, which you only really, truly saw maybe eleven times.
But the mirror in the mind will never be completely clean. It will only reveal new smudges as we attempt to achieve its clarity. It will show us the blush-colored mood of everything that never happened. Or the moon-colored mood of every murmur given to someone close to us. We can only hope for the loveliest disarray available. The kind you see in the scatterbrained dunes collapsing towards the ocean, meeting the neat bright mess of the waves beyond.
Sasha Chapin, Los Angeles, 2022
Ammon Rost (Born 1980 in Tokyo, Japan) lives and works in Los Angeles and New York. Rost received his BFA in Art from the UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles in 2004. This is his first solo exhibition with Loyal. Previous solo exhibitions include New Image Art (Los Angeles), Ltd (Los Angeles). Rost’s work has been included in group exhibitions at Loyal (Stockholm), WIP Gallery (Beirut), Sargent’s Daughters (New York), Wilding Cran (Los Angeles), Mindy Solomon (Miami), and the Torrance Museum of Art (Torrance).