This month at ltd los angeles, artist Katy Cowan has intentionally responded to the architecture of the back space for her first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. Quite often, the back room of the gallery is a workplace or a "lean-to." A lean-to is a makeshift shed (with frontal exposure) born of necessity; in galleries this is typically seen in the peripheral space.
Cowan's work strikes a balance in the contrast between what is typically placed on a pedestal and what normally remains hidden. In Lean-Twos, the sculptural moments resemble detritus or sloppy accidents, but are in fact the celebration of moments one usually neglects to view as decorated or anthropomorphized. For instance, two-by-fours made of wax, will inevitably begin to slump as if attending a posture; baseboards are installed and ripped off, immediately showing remaining glue marks; and, after all, the bricks have sensory orifices. As one walks through Lean-Twos, attention is called to the subtle details. Cowan's language is full of visual puns that usually go unnoticed and are certainly fleeting.
Katy Cowan lives and works in Los Angeles. Cowan received her MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2014, and has exhibited her work nationally and abroad.