"Nature Vs Manmade"

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"Nature Vs Manmade"
Curated by: EFREN LUNA

November 13th, 2010 - December 4th, 2010
Opening: November 13th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

long beach
California State University Long Beach (CSULB)


"Nature Vs Manmade"


344 E. 3RD ST





Present: Nature Vs Manmande

A solo exhibition of Rebecca Homapour selected artworks

If you didn’t get a chance to see Rebecca Homapour’s BFA solo show at CSULB this is your chance. Read her artists statement and get a feel for what you’re in for! If you have any slight interest in sculpture or in art in general, you should definitely check out her work. She not only touches on the long dilemma of what is art, but she also searches for it in the physical and negative aspects of her sculptures. Her recent solo show at CSULB back in October 24th was amazing. Her art made of wood is really thoughtful and beautifully sculpted. Her art explores the nature in the wood and how the human manipulation interact…read from her own words below…


Nature Vs Manmade

What is art? That has been an all consuming question ever since Marcel Duchamp displayed his infamous “Fountain” in 1913 at the Armory show in Chicago. The question continues to be of interests, to artists, critics, museum curators, and anyone interested in the art world. To those who are not in this “Art World” this can be an even more perplexing question.


Art can be about the missing lines in a poem, not the written words. In can be about a feeling one gets when looking at something, and not necessarily about what they are looking at. It can be about an emotion that overwhelms us, a memory from the past, or a hope for the future. Art is the aesthetic impact something or someone has on us not about the physicality of them. Art is the energy that is hidden in the atmosphere.


For me Art is the space between the natural and “manmade”. As I looked for wood I was inspired by the form, texture, and possibilities of beauty hidden inside it. The inspiration for my work comes from the wood itself. As I worked with the wood, I found, my goal was to maintain the integrity of the natural form as I scraped, pounded, drilled, turned, sanded, broke, and skinned it. My goal was to reveal, in a formal way, what was always there.


I used wood because it was alive once and it has history hidden within it. I have worked with paper, charcoal, and yarn; all of which have come from wood, trees, and plants; however, none of them gave me the opportunity to create what I truly wanted.


My work has to do with the nature of the material, not what function it can have. I work with the natural design of the wood, emphasizing on the grain or the shape the tree that grew in. By manipulating its scale I change the viewer’s paradigm, to stare so close at a tree that on would typically glance from afar; and put the grain design blown up in their faces that they normally would need to zero in on.


I scrape the surface to reveal the color and design of its nature, and I pound holes in it to display the toils men have brought up its life. I chisel its core to illustrate the hardship it’s gone through. I take off its bark revealing its naked beauty and cut down on it to observe its anatomy. By stitching it back together I try to make it whole again. I glue it up, sprinkling dust on top of it struggle to recreate where it once was.


However, then emptiness comes in once more using its strength against itself ripping it apart, leaving me with a broken existence. All I’m left with is space, a negative void. So, I break its fence into pieces mounting them on a wall putting its beauty on display so no one can move past it without noticing its uniqueness. As a final step in the process of where nature ends and man-made begins, that is the space I work in. A void hat is there but invisible to the naked eye. The question is can you unveil your sight and see the bare truth that exists within and around each individual piece?

Rebecca Homapour



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