Daphne Arthur, Eben Goff, Sharon Lawless, Ali Naschke-Messing, Pascual Sisto, Cody VanderKaay, Darren Waterston, Susan York
curated by Mark Carter
ARENA 1 Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Even gravity has its ups and downs organized by returning curator Mark Carter. The exhibition opens Saturday, October 13th in conjunction with the 8th Anniversary celebration of Santa Monica Art Studios and continues through November 10th. A reception for the artists runs from 6-9 pm.
Even gravity has its ups and downs includes works that range from lighter than air to massively dense, from seriously grounded to ephemeral. The artists wrestle with powers that control the universe and allow them to drip, tug, mash, float and expand materials in unexpected ways. The laws of science set the physical boundaries, but these eight artists grapple with and challenge them. They take risks and skirt rules in pursuit of exemptions that fit their imaginations. Physics may dictate but sometimes it might be a wonderful collaborator.
Daphne Arthur faces the force of unpredictability in smoke drawing portraits that force construction to emerge from deconstruction. She begins with layers of smoke on paper, masking some, erasing others to create images that appear both soft and hard. Sharon Lawless brings gravity into play by combining three or four colors of nail enamel onto primed paper then allowing them a short time to flow and interact. Both the action of the paint’s movement and their chemical compatibilities form unpredictable shapes and surfaces, dazzling and vivid colors of curious and biomorphic shapes.
Video artist Pascual Sisto‘s event mashups play with time by cleverly interpreting events, altering, combining and synchronizing non-simultaneous happenings. His works traverse the ‘If a tree falls’ question to perhaps petting Schrödinger’s cat. Cody VanderKaay plays with optics in his meticulous linear drawings that appear to bend on a plane surface while his “Mailbox” series, drawings made by shipping suspended pencils in a custom container, touch both randomness and limitations.
Ali Naschke-Messing’s two site-specific works involve light, reflection, the barely visible and the reinterpretation of the gallery space. Venturing further into the cosmos, Darren Waterston’s oils and watercolors express extreme depth, landscapes of the universe, inventing nature where it may not exist.
Susan York and Eben Goff deal with extreme mass and force of potentially frightening intensity while underlying their sculptures with touches of whimsy. York’s dense graphite pieces are simultaneously grounded geometric masses that, once inspected, float with a gentle and quiet grace. Goff places simple geometric “cages” into Ballona Creek to be pounded and enmeshed with a winter’s worth of organic and man-made detritus creating a demi-earthwork, part trash, part Sasquatch.
ARENA 1 is an exhibition space founded by Santa Monica Art Studios directors Yossi Govrin and Sherry Frumkin. Based in an historic hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, ARENA 1 invites internationally known as well as newly established curators to develop innovative and compelling exhibitions.