AndrewShire Gallery presents Clutter, a group exhibition by California artists Nancy Braver, Helen Chung, Carmen Daniel, Chris Ellis, Chris Sicat, and Keith Walsh. The exhibition will consist of three-dimensional works that trigger speculation concerning the ways in which art objects alter the spaces they occupy, activate emotions, modify beliefs, inform, and, at times, simply interrupt ergonomic or mental flow with perplexing things.
Nancy Braver makes brightly-colored spatial forms that entwine with space and orchestrate light. Composed of contoured shapes and other carefully-planned component parts, her structures are designed, fabricated, and assembled from laser-cut acrylic sheets and custom-made metal elements. Braver arranges visual ideas into airy geometric objects through which light flows in lyrical streams. This light is the central point of her object making.
Helen Chung is a former designer of Italian shoes. She addresses the fine points of fashion in her sculpture by employing the philosophy and mythology behind selecting certain forms and fabrics. Her work is straight forward with a narrative aspect that connects directly to formal qualities in clothing design. Chung’s objects challenge some of fashion’s culturally loaded symbols reflected in the worldwide multinational capitalist environment.
Chris Ellis makes mechanized objects that can be user-activated to either fill or empty an exhibition space. By utilizing human power to operate his expandable/contractible sculpture, real space can be obstructed or relieved of its congestion. The work becomes an obstacle, a stumbling block that bottlenecks a location until its volume is reduced and the space is emptied out (regained) by withdrawing porcupine-like barriers that hinder passage.
Carmen Daniel ties the harsh world of consumerism to one of spiritual sincerity and meditation. First, he cuts out discount coupons that are used for purchasing merchandise. Then, by way of collage, he creates a mandala from the coupons. The mandalic image is then incorporated into a larger, pure white, geometric object that often takes the form of an observation deck, seating device, or resting place for contemplation and visualization of the self.
Christopher Sicat lives and works in San Jose, California. His recent sculptures investigate the natural meditative process of accumulative mark making. By repeatedly drawing parallel lines with a graphite pencil on selected natural and manmade objects, Sicat creates continuous, fully saturated, luminous dark gray surfaces. The rhythm of his process helps to quiet the vicious cycle of analysis and rethinking usually found in most art making.
Keith Walsh makes human-scale objects that embody the cultural myths of status and functionality found in industrial design and architecture. His constructions imply the reorganization and compartmentalization of mysterious keepsakes and imaginary things that might normally fill garages, closets, drawers, or the hidden spaces in overcrowded minds. Walsh’s work also suggests a new sense of order and meaning that reshuffles the usual ways we respond to objects that clog exterior and interior spaces with society’s clutter.