Conceptual Craft II

Group Show

Featuring works by Gioj de Marco, Sean Duffy, Tim Ebner, Joséphine Wister Faure, Kristen Morgin, Rachel Lachowicz, Tom LaDuke, Patrick Nickell, Michael Pierzynski, Tia Pulitzer, Ross Rudel, and George Stoll

July 14 – August 18, 2018

Patrick Nickell

Ideals of strength and beauty, 2016


14h x 21w x 5 1/2d in
Steel pedestal 22 x 22 x 36 inches


Patrick Nickell

Seeking something that can't be found, 2016


13h x 23 1/2w x 15 1/2d in
Steel pedestal 22 x 22 x 36 inches


Ross Rudel

Blue Stripe, 2016

Wood, acrylic and steel

72h x 13w x 12d in


Ross Rudel

Faerie Star, 2008

Steam bent and stained ash

36 in Diameter


Ross Rudel

Dabbat al-ard, 2010/18

Wood, acrylic, paint

24h x 21w x 20d in


Rachel Lachowicz

C Lycra Knit, 2018

Plexiglas case

64h x 64w x 48d in


Gioj de Marco

REPLICA OF LAMP PROP LA-2209. (Table lamps, Victorian - 2qty), 2014

Paper clay, watercolors, pencils and inks

31h x 8w x 8d in


Gioj de Marco


Paper clay, water colors, pencil and acrylics. Steel frame and wood

93h x 48w x 39d in


Sean Duffy

Sfumato, 2018

Graphite on paper, dice, graphite discs and erasers

20h x 33w x 1d in


Michael Pierzynski

The leading horse is white. The second horse is red. The third one is a black. The last one is a green., 2018

Ceramic, plaster, metal and epoxy

8h x 6w x 6d each


Tim Ebner

Untitled, 2018

Powder coated forged steel

43h x 41 1/2w x 6 1/2d in


Tim Ebner

Untitled, 2018

Powder coated forged steel

43h x 41 1/2w x 7d in


George Stoll

Untitled (11 lengths of colored beads on 6 pins forming 3 large and 5 small catenary curves), 2014

Glass beads, wire, silver rings and steel pins

60h x 55 1/2w x 1d in


George Stoll

Untitled (wooden Christmas lights-multicolored on 4 pegs 20 inches apart), 2016

Wood disks, wood dowels, gesso, alkyd, varnish, wire and jewelry findings

42 1/2h x 60 3/4w x 6d in


Kristen Morgin

Snow Van Halen, 2018

Unfired clay, paint, ink

7 3/4h x 6 1/2w x 1/4d in


Kristen Morgin

Golden Puppet, 2018

Unfired clay, paint, ink

7 3/4h x 6 3/4w x 1/4d in


Kristen Morgin

A Rock and a Hard Place, 2017

Unfired clay, paint, ink

7h x 7 1/4w x 1d in


Kristen Morgin

Sheriff's Revenge, 2018

Unfired clay, paint, ink

6 1/2h x 4 1/2w x 1/4d in


Kristen Morgin

There Goes My Everything, 2018

Unfired clay, paint, ink

2 1/2h x 4w x 1/4d in


Kristen Morgin

Death Wish and Pierre Who Didn't Care, 2018

Unfired clay, paint, ink, ballpoint pen, graphite

7h x 9w x 1d in


Kristen Morgin

Pretty Mick Jagger and Free Kittens, 2014

Unfired clay, paint, ink, ballpoint pen, graphite

16 1/2h x 13 1/2w x 1/4d in


Kristen Morgin

Cash and Cars for Cash, 2014

Unfired clay, paint, ink, graphite, nails

20h x 13w x 1/4d in


Joséphine Wister Faure

Box Americano 2, 2018

Multimedia illuminated installations

8h x 8w x 10d in

Edition of 3


Joséphine Wister Faure

Last Witness-4, 2010-2018 On going project

Multimedia illuminated installations

8h x 8w x 10d in

Edition of 3


Joséphine Wister Faure

Last Witness-3, 2010-2018 On going project

Multimedia illuminated installations

8h x 8w x 10d in

Edition of 3


Joséphine Wister Faure

Box Shining, 2018

Multimedia illuminated installations

8h x 8w x 10d in

Edition of 3


Tom Laduke

Oceans, 2015

Pewter, crystal, resin, pigment, and stone

15h x 12w x 13d in


Tia Pulitzer

Two animals, 2018

White gold, glaze, clay

22h x 12w x 5d in


Press Release


Gioj de Marco, Sean Duffy, Tim Ebner, Joséphine Wister Faure,

Rachel Lachowicz, Tom LaDuke, Kristen Morgin, Patrick Nickell,

Michael Pierzynski, Tia Pulitzer, Ross Rudel, George Stoll



JULY14 – AUGUST 18, 2018



(Los Angeles, CA) - DENK gallery is pleased to present Conceptual Craft II, its highly anticipated follow-up to Conceptual Craft, the show's first iteration in September of 2017. A thematic continuation of the first, the exhibition features new and recent works by a freshly curated group of 12 Los Angeles-based artists, all of whom are working with sculptural media through process-inflected approaches, varying from the minimal to the narrative. The show emphasizes a return to the studio and its material interests in "crafting" the object as a vehicle for concept. Highlighting the interdependence of ideation and process, Conceptual Craft II presents works that express content through the material concerns of their physical making.

The exhibition explores the conversion of the immaterial to the tangible through the obsessively hand-made. "Craft" in this exhibition is proposed as a conceptual process of object making and transformation, with the artist placed firmly at the helm of their studio production. Rather than pitting the development of concept and the creation of the object in opposition as extraneously competing concerns, the artists in Conceptual Craft II focus on the integrative nature of their ideas and the physical process of their materialization.

The mutually defining reliance of concept and execution has cultural roots in LA. Historically, Los Angeles as an art center has a unique legacy of fabrication and manufacture; the city's varied history has included everything from aircraft and aerospace innovation, to custom car culture, industrial design, architecture, film, and television production, and, of course, the material-based practices of the Light and Space Movement, epitomizing this close interaction of concept, material, and manufacture. This legacy resonates throughout Conceptual Craft II as a peripheral constellation of themes and unites an exciting cross-section of contemporary artists with vested interests in the conceptual valence of objects. Conceptual Craft II features works by Gioj de Marco, Sean Duffy, Tim Ebner, Joséphine Wister Faure, Kristen Morgin, Rachel Lachowicz, Tom LaDuke, Patrick Nickell, Michael Pierzynski, Tia Pulitzer, Ross Rudel, and George Stoll.

Gioj de Marco works in sculpture, photography, and multimedia installation, exploring identity politics and the complex material expression of personal and cultural narratives; for the exhibition, she'll be creating a sculptural confessional to scale.

Tim Ebner's works are powder-coated steel "paintings," minimal, topographies of physical impact.

Sean Duffy, a painter and sculptor known for his interest in material paradox and the physical trace, offers a backgammon set that shadows and expunges the gestures of the game with graphite and eraser pieces on paper. Rachel Lachowicz, known for her smart feminist re-appropriation of canonical art historical works, is represented by an acrylic, freestanding sculptural composition, nebulously reminiscent of the translucent resin boxes by Peter Alexander, born of the Light and Space moment, and even Yves Klein's much earlier claim to a patented proprietary blue.

Tom LaDuke creates labor intensive dimensional paintings and hyper-realistic sculpture with surreal intuition; his piece for the exhibition combines a polished human head cast surrounded by ornate metal filigree, precariously staged face down in an inanimate rock mass.

Kristen Morgin assembles clay facsimiles of everyday objects, urban detritus, and nostalgic castaways, delaying our recognition of the object's material make-up with an impressive trompe l'oeil technique executed in unbaked clay.

Patrick Nickell creates minimal glass sculptures evolved from earlier pieces made from found materials and urban remnants.

Michael Pierzynski transforms and plots suburban thrift store castoffs into evocative narrative sculptures.

Tia Pulitzer creates ceramic pieces of beautifully absurd and fantastic animalia.

Ross Rudel, sculptor and performance artist, creates thoughtful and meticulously organized objects, often invoking nature, biology, and the body. 

George Stoll, known for handcrafting objects to resemble subtly imperfect mass-produced ones, like Tupperware, sponges, and the like from wood and beeswax, has created delicately balanced, formally minimal wall-mounted sculptures.

Joséphine Wister Faure is a conceptual artist working with film, performance, and installation to develop sensory and experiential encounters. The exhibition will feature a series of her "peephole" works. These wall mounted boxes offer moments of staged consensual voyeurism and invite the viewer to peer into a series of handmade dioramas as witnesses to the residual evidence left in the wake of some unseen event.

Founded in January of 2017, DENK is a newly established gallery in Downtown Los Angeles' thriving arts district. Its founding mission is to present a diverse program of local and international contemporary artists working across a variety of mediums, including sculpture, installation, painting, photography, works on paper, and interdisciplinary media. The gallery's goal is to curate engaging exhibitions by artists who are creating relevant, substantive, experimental, or timely work. By providing an adaptable venue that will allow artists to develop their concepts and have them realized, DENK hopes to foster a generative curatorial space.