Mokha Laget: Perceptualism

Curated by Kristen Hileman
June 11–August 7, 2022

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Mokha Laget, Gamut, 2018. Acrylic on Flashe on shaped canvas, 35 x 20 in. Concentric, colorful rectangles that give the effect of an illogical three-dimensional portal on a prism-shaped canvas.

Gamut, 2018. Acrylic on Flashe on shaped canvas, 35 x 20 in. Courtesy Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco.

There Upon, 2020. Acrylic and Flashe on shaped canvas. Colorful quadrilaterals and blue and black shapes that cantilever to the right.

There Upon, 2020. Acrylic and Flashe on shaped canvas, 54 x 98 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Capriccio #41. Acrylic on gouache on primed linen, 16 x 20 in. Colorful, overlapping shapes form the illusion of a 3D scene on a textured background

Capriccio #41. Acrylic on gouache on primed linen, 16 x 20 in. Courtesy Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston.

Featuring over 40 paintings, sculpture, drawings, and lithographs, Mokha Laget: Perceptualism surveys the last ten years of an artistic practice devoted to exploring perception and space. Through a playful and illusionistic use of color and implied dimensionality, Laget’s work references her multicultural influences, particularly the unique landscape and architecture of the places where she has lived, ranging from Northern Africa through Washington, DC to her current home in Santa Fe. The stunning shaped canvases for which Laget is best known celebrate abstraction’s capacity to respond to the complexities and ambiguities of contemporary life; the work’s visual hybridity manifests as “gentle” optical chaos. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue that considers Laget’s work as well as her contributions to the Washington, DC art community of the 1980s and ‘90s. The publication includes a dialogue between Laget and Lucy Lippard, and essays by David Pagel and exhibition curator Kristen Hileman.