(Los Angeles) - Edward Cella Art +Architecture is pleased to present new work by Los Angeles based artist Steve Schmidt. Schmidt’s sculptural practice is informed by a process based interest in the collection and assemblage of found objects. The artist’s newest body of work, Gyres, explores the sculptural synthesis of rhythmic accumulation and the social significance of aggregated materials in the context of timely environmental concerns.
Schmidt’s Gyres series consists of concentric sculptural pieces made from the recuperated
waste of a common household object. The monochromatic sculptures are fluid, organic, flower
like shapes, and yet made from the handles of reclaimed plastic milk jugs. The artist mutilates
and distorts the hard plastic scraps, and binds them with an internal armature of wire and cable
ties to invisibly delay our recognition of the sculpture’s humble parts, creating surprisingly
elegant sculptural works from lowly refuse. Schmidt’s practice is firmly rooted in the traditions of
assemblage and found art, as he seeks materials from the banality of the everyday and
reinvigorates them with new purpose and meaning. Gyres is inspired by the artist’s continued
interest in the site specificity of accumulated materials, in the process of collecting and
accumulating, and in the cultural relevance and geographic context of the found object.
Steve Schmidt is a Southern California based artist who has exhibited extensively throughout
California in both solo and group exhibitions. Schmidt has exhibited extensively with Carl Berg
Projects, and is concurrently featured in Abstraction, a group exhibition at the Irvine Arts Centre,
in Irvine California.