Woodbury Hollywood Exhibitions is very proud to announce the exhibition, “Topographies” a solo exhibition of sculptures by LA based artist, Charles Hachadourian.
Charles Hachadourian creates topographical portraits from particular sites that he has well established connections to, ranging from Armenia, to the nearby Pasadena Arroyo Secco, to his own backyard.
Hachadourian initiates his sculptural forms through the physical act of digging-out earthen sites using only hand tools. He then fills in these negative forms, most often with wax, until they solidify. Once set, he extracts these positive volumetric forms from the ground and relocates these objects into the gallery space. The gallery viewer experiences the works displayed either upside down on slim welded pedestals or right side-up, grouped together, and supported by armatures. These sculptures are materially bold yet fragile, subtly colorful, as their surfaces reveal the traces of geological materials, roots, and sometimes evanescent residues, that define the shape of Hachadorian's excavations.
Hachadourian takes some of his sculptural cues from 1960s and 1970s Earthworks artists who engaged in performances often using, geological materials. These artists include Ana Mendietta, Michael Heizer, and the artist Robert Smithson, who explored the relocation of earthen materials into the gallery as a "site--non-site" thematic.
Hachadorian's sculptures are intricate portraits that act as documents of human action and ritualistic connection, and the traces of geological and cultural history.
**This event is free and open to the public.
Woodbury Hollywood Exhibitions is located just two doors east of LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) and is Woodbury University’s new off-campus exhibition space.