15th of November - 20th December 2008
Opening Reception: 15th of November from 6 to 9pm
Thomas Solomon Gallery @ Cottage Home is pleased to announce an exhibition titled "Time Machines," new work by L.A. artist Krysten Cunningham from 15 November – 20 December.
Thomas Solomon Gallery @ Cottage Home is proud to present a new exhibition by Los Angeles artist Krysten Cunningham’s titled “Time Machines.” Throughout this new body of work, Cunningham’s specific and strong use of color and form translate various elements of painting and drawing into sculptural volumes. This series of works deal specifically with spatial surfaces and their delineation, ambiguous and iconic. The work uses craft materials (wool/dye) and effects (weaving/winding) with a honed fine art sensibility.
Cunningham’s use of materials, i.e. synthetic and natural dyed wool woven over metal or wooden armatures, in essence, builds systems into forms with the direct expression and orbit of the hand and body. These seemingly simple forms Cunningham illuminates so beautifully and meticulously, reveal their inner and outer selves simultaneously. Cunningham infuses abstraction/image into a solid form fragmented by geometric bones of the structure that allow the whole to exist - one sees the process and its end goal, as well as the contrast of the soft and hard of the materials. The eye flips from structure to form and back again, as if expanding from one dimension to another, shifting from macro to micro, never static. The bands of color further break up the visage of the whole form and further complicate the relationship between the void and the forms. Her work transports ones mind through time and multiple dimensions, and so in a way operate as Time Machines.
One could form connections of Cunningham’s sculpture to Sol LeWitt, Fred Sandback, and Agnes Martin; also to aspects of Russian Constructivist’s ideas of the use of space seen in the work of Lygia Clark and Jesus Raphael Soto, Bauhaus aesthetics combined with a painter’s eye for color and texture as in Frank Stella and Joseph Albers. The repetitive and meditative process could be compared to works completed not to be seen as art objects but to exist as prayer, the act itself about mind and body and spirit aligning through the meditative actions, i.e. Tibetan or Native Indian sand paintings, Japanese rock gardens with raked sand, Buddhist Mandala paintings, even in the more contemporary earthworks by Robert Smithson and Richard Long.
Krysten Cunningham was born in New Haven, CT and lives and works on Los Angeles, California. Recent solo exhibitions include Sies and Hoke Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany in 2008 and Ritter/Zamitt Gallery in London, U.K. in 2006. Recent group shows include “Heavy Corner”, CAA, Los Angeles in 2008 and “Beyond Measure” at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, U.K. in 2008.
Wednesday- Saturday: 12pm – 6 pm
For further press information and visuals please contact
Thomas Solomon or Bettina Hubby
Tel: 310-428 -2964