Maddy Le Mel

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Dust Cloud, 2006 Metal, Wire, Tea Stained Paper 45" H X 30" W X 3" D © George Billis Gallery- LA
Maddy Le Mel

2716 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
April 3rd, 2009 - May 2nd, 2009
Opening: April 4th, 2009 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

culver city/west la
Tue-Sat 10-6 and by appointment


Found objects, fragile paper and simple wire povide the palette for this work. Juxtaposing rough, dense materials with delicate, handmade papers, these pieces explore the relationships between vulnerability and strength. Steel bars form a kind of skeletal structure. Wire not only connects disparate elements but also provides a means of drawing in space. The paper acts like a kind of skin over the steel structure its translucent surface allowing light to glow through, offering glimpses of obects embedded within. Not everything is revealed at once. Shrouded behind the paper, found objects take on a sense of mystery that they never had in their original lifetimes. Some are shards of discarded machines, often rusted, pitted and stained. The untold stories etched upon their surfaces are like undercurrents that can never be known, only felt. As these remnants are unified in unexpected ways, they have a second chance to mean something new. And in taking on new roles and relationships within this work, they remind us that even the most familiar things are ephemeral, inevitably changing with time.