On View August 24 - September 29, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
6:30 – 8:30 PM, Artist talks at 6 PM
More Work More Space • Paolo Piscitelli
John M. O’Quinn Gallery
Paolo Piscitelli focuses on the sculptural process and its evolution into a site specific installation for the John M. O’Quinn Gallery. Piscitelli’s sculptures are often in perpetual state of construction and destruction in which forms of metamorphosis and variations occur, using elements such as adhesive tape, clay, steam, foam and wood. For More Work More Space, Piscitelli will create a wooden sculptural installation (Sculpture Play) and will premiere the video Labor #1, the first of an ongoing series of sculptural video. Started in 2007 this series shows the intimate geometry created by the artist’s hands, the clay and the camera that refer to the elemental practice of the sculptural act.
Lonely Hunters is a series of drawings that feature the accumulations, creatures, and hybrids of flora and fauna, in the dark environments that Angela Piehl incorporates into her work. Piehl’s accumulation drawings reference luxury and opulent decay, recombining elaborately decorative elements with organic material like flesh, hair, tentacles, eggs, fat, bone, muscle, crystalline structures, and wood. The title, Lonely Hunters, references the Southern Gothic literary genre, and like characters within the genre, Piehl’s creatures are solitary-- at once seductive and repellant, grotesque and beautiful. Piehl’s pieces include large-scale framed graphite drawings, mid-sized and large-scale white and grey pencil on black paper drawings, and small-scale graphite drawings.
Lillian Warren creates a specific painting installation to cover the walls of the Grace R. Cavnar Gallery with a continuous series of figures. Foreground figures are life sized or larger and others diminish in scale and recede into empty space. Through repetition of figures throughout the paintings, Warren implies reflections, passage of time and a shifting point of view. Each figure seems to have been waiting for a long time, glancing up to see if something has happened, absorbed with some electronic gadget, staring into space, or even sleeping; oblivious to the others, although clearly inhabiting the same space and all waiting...for something.
Warren explains, “This series is a continuation of my investigation of liminal spaces, in-between situations and conditions characterized by dislocation, uncertainty and the dissolution of hierarchies. When working on the paintings I find myself thinking of "Waiting for Godot" and how that absurdist play can feel uncomfortably familiar as we spend our lives waiting endlessly for something that we might not recognize when we see it."
Lillian Warren's website
Candace Hicks presents two projects using the form of a notebook in unique ways. String Theory undertakes to explain coincidence through science. Hicks has long collected coincidences and published them in a series of handmade books entitled, Common Threads. String Theory is Hicks' first attempt to form a hypothesis about the meanings and rules that govern coincidence. Part pseudo-scientific humor, part genuine awe at the complexity of the cosmos, String Theory is an embroidered book in which the text and images are rendered entirely in thread. The embroidery thread symbolizes the connectedness of coincidence.
Hick’s new series of prints, Compositions, resolve the abstract patterns on the covers of cheap composition books into representational images. Her “covers” use small silhouette drawings of various figures to produce an abstract pattern. The covers are named in the fashion of color field paintings.
Also on view
August 24, 2012 – January 12, 2013
As a continuation of the "Famous Monsters" mural created by Daniel Anguilu for the 2011-2012 season, Lawndale Art Center presents a collaborative mural by Daniel Anguilu, James Burns, Tierney L. Malone, Angel Quesada, Michael C. Rodriguez, Roland Saldaña and Dandee Warhol on view August 24, 2012 - January 12, 2013. This project is the first collaborative effort for this group of artists. Elements of street art help to navigate the narrative design and special attention is paid to complimenting the building's historic nature and location. Alex Luster will document the process and present a digital-short to accompany an artist panel to be held at Lawndale.
This project is generously sponsored by Kinzelman Art Consulting and Power Electrical.