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Los Dos

Los Dos

@lisabeerntsenart
@tonyspeirsart

LOS DOS’S LABEL:

2018 Stiling Vineyard Chardonnay

Los Dos is the collaborative work of Lisa Beerntsen and Tony Speirs. The couple has exhibited throughout the region and beyond, including Burning Man. The “Los Dos” collaborative pieces are like vintage postcards from other places and perhaps different times, some quite literal, others a dreamy combination of the real and imagined.

Works often begin with textured surfaces and colors the duo have seen on peeling walls during the couple's travels; signs, fruit crates and other labels, folk and popular imagery and ads and packaging. They layer and add in natural elements, like the vibrantly colorful birds, butterflies, moths, winding vines and flowers from these places, and the works become almost like theatrical sets drawn from memory and vision, altered by floating forms and strange, yet curiously familiar biological structures and references.

The two artists often fall into certain roles dependent upon their particular interests and skills. Speirs builds the panels and usually lays down the initial colors and textures based on something seen along the way. Harking back to his early sign-painting days, he brings in text and vintage graphics and leans more toward the narrative elements. Beerntsen creates the botanical and nature forms that emerge, as well as pattern and a sense of rhythm. She is more inclined toward abstracted objects and creating a sort of compositional ‘glue’ that holds it all together.

There is also often a haunting thread of political or cultural commentary woven through the work and a sense that one is observing a muted truism, expressed through a visual vocabulary at once current and yet very old. Although the symbolism in the paintings is usually personal, the artists intend their pictures to be open-ended enough to invite viewers to bring their own story and interpretation to each work.

This excerpt is from the Napa Valley Register.

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