Material & Gravity

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Material & Gravity
Curated by: Jenny Herrick

13406 Philadelphia St
Whittier, CA 90803
November 16th, 2010 - December 17th, 2010

san gabriel valley
Monday-Friday, 9-5
photography, sculpture


Artist Talk with Adrian Paules made possible by the Garrett House Working Artists Series: Monday, December 6, 5 PM

The sculptures, photographs and paintings included in this exhibition explore the physical properties of materials and their various relationships to the force of gravity. Through the use of elements as diverse as latex, paint, canvas, wood, sand and light, the included works speak to the notion of temporality, either defying our expectations of time’s effect or exemplifying it through gravity. In exploring these themes, many of the artists blur disciplinary boundaries; paint and canvas become sculptural and sculptural forms become photographic. The exhibition groups the works of four Los Angeles based artists and three New York based artists:

Lisha Bai uses sand to create process-based abstractions. The pieces are gestures of temporality and movement while also being concrete statements of their own materiality; they are particles of matter as sculpture, referencing time and the eventual state of decay.

In the way that mythology can generate fictions closer to both truth and mystery than fact can, Nicole Belle hopes to make images that are less documents and more resonances, of a kind of personal human experience that is pre-conscious or at least pre-conventional˜something current but out of time, local but not placeable, specific but not articulable, socially aware but not overtly political.

Alexa Forosty’s work utilizes abstract language in dialogue with process, materiality, experimentation and play. Most recently she has been working with casted paint forms, foam, wood and glass.

Exploring the lyrical potential of duplication, Erik Fydenborg captures and modulates the complexions of familiar consumer materials and ad hoc assemblages, reconfiguring their copied details in fossil-like abstract surrogates. Drawing on a range of formal systems-- from anatomical models and natural history display to retail arrangement, prop design, Modernist and Post-Minimalist sculpture˜Frydenborg deploys these objects to build arcane, notional sites.

Justin Horne strives to illustrate the concept of potential in its most general sense by utilizing either what is salient, or what may seem intangible, or positing what could be. Potential is the agent to the mystery that keeps a plot rich and rolling. What harnesses potential could very well be a foundation for the next revelation.

What interests Adrian Paules about a sculpture‚s involvement with physicality is the sum of intricate maneuvers it must perform between truth and deception, between metaphor and the literal, and between nature and culture.

Rachel Roske uses subject matter as a means to an end of exploring the nature of two-dimensional representation, perception and abstraction. Sometimes subject matter is to be found in the work itself, where index and indexed form symmetry. The focus of perceptual awareness shifts between equal parts illusion, 3-dimensionality and surface.