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Karla Klarin

American, b. 1953

Echo Park at Night

Foam-cor, newsprint, and acrylic
37 x 95.75 x 8 in. (93.98 x 243.205 x 20.32 cm)
Gift of Joe Austin and the Kathryn C. Wanlass Foundation

Echo Park at Night is part of Klarin’s lifelong study of Los Angeles. Fascinated by its constant state of change, Klarin describes Los Angeles as “a city of moving parts that exists within a geometry of impressive expanse and beauty.” This definition is seen within the piece itself as Klarin captures a realistic moment, while allowing the viewer to individually interpret the more abstract passages within the construction. “It is within my paintings that I store my LA memories.”

Karla Klarin grew up visiting museums in Italy and France with an interest in art. She enrolled at San Francisco Art Institute initially focused on photography until seeing the work of painters Richard Diebenkorn and then Sam Tchakalian, who focused on abstraction and color. After receiving her BFA in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1974, Klarin went on to pursue her MFA at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. From there, her work appeared in solo and group exhibitions across California, including at the University of Redlands, Irvine Fine Arts Center, and the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

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