On October 20th, Craig Krull Gallery will open its seventh solo exhibition of Woods Davy's sculpture. For the past thirty years, Davy has worked with stone in unaltered states, either from the sea or the earth, incorporating them into assemblages of precarious balance that appear to be in flux. Art writer Shana Nys Dambrot observed that Davy's work is essentially a "kind of collaboration between artist and nature," one in which the artist "prefers to cooperate with the pre-existing uniqueness and objecthood of his materials."
In this body of work, Davy has carefully selected stones that have been rounded and smoothed by the tumbling effects of the Pacific at a beach in Mexico called Cantamar (which means "song of the sea"). Davy's sculptural assemblages form cantilevered arcs which appear to float or roll like the waves that shaped them. In larger works, these stones are combined with vertically oriented, rough granite boulders pulled from the earth. As Holly Myers remarked in the LA TIMES, there is "something thrilling about a work that appears to defy its own natural properties," while at the same time one can appreciate the work's "meditative reverence."