Conceptual Craft

September 9 – October 14, 2017

Tim Hawkinson

Tree Chain, 2017

Christmas Tree

60h x 36w x 36d in

TH001

Lynn Aldrich

Sprinkler, 2017

Garden hoses, brass hose ends, irrigation hoses, fuel hoses, aluminum, steel

61h x 63w x 63d in

LA001

Pontus Willfors

Rocking Chair, 2017

Wood (Beech)

77h x 110w x 72d in

PW001

Tim Hawkinson
Gumball, 2017
Urethane
15h x 15w x 15d in
TH002
Ashley Hagen
Between Thick Walls, 2017
Drywall, Wood, Plaster, Acrylic, Mirror, Velvet & Glass
49h x 49w x 12d in
AH001

Nova Jiang

Wobble, 2017

Baltic birch plywood

36h x 17w x 17d in

NJ002

Lynn Aldrich

Velvet Painting: Faking Day Breaking, 2016

Velvet, velveteen, plastic, wood.

41h x 23w x 3d in

LA002

Nova Jiang
2D/3D
Ceramic, paper, ink
6.50h x 5w x 3.50d in
NJ003
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Nova Jiang

Angular Momentum, 2017

Red balau

3.50h x 40w x 3.50d in

NJ001

Jeff Colson

Pavilion

Urethane resin, acrylic paint, wood

43h x 21.50w x 21.50d in

JeC003

Jared Pankin

13 Jars to Put Your Weed In, 2017

Ceramic with wood pedestal

7h x 96w x 13d in

JP004

Jeff Colson

Pentoga

Urethane resin, acrylic paint, wood

65h x 36w x 18.50d in

JeC001

Jared Pankin

Broken Horn, 2017

Deer horn, fake teeth, bone, sawdust, wood, glue, acrylic paint, foam and glass eyes

13h x 21w x 13d in

JP001

Jeff Colson
Blockhouse
Urethane resin, acrylic paint, wood
53h x 20w x 20d in
JeC002

Jared Pankin

Big Bird Anemone, 2017

Sawdust, wood, glue, foam and glass eye

13h x 13w x 18d in

JP002

Ephraim Puusemp

SEPULTURE/SCULPTURE III, 2017

Birch plywood, wood glue

33h x 33w x 12d in

EP003

Jared Pankin

Star Foxes, 2017

Sawdust, wood, glue, foam and glass eye

19.50h x 15w x 9d in

JP003

Ephraim Puusemp

SEPULTURE/SCULPTURE I, 2017

Birch plywood, wood glue

40h x 29w x 20d in

EP001

Ephraim Puusemp

SEPULTURE/SCULPTURE II, 2017

Birch plywood, wood glue

18h x 24w x 24d in

EP002

Press Release

CONCEPTUAL CRAFT

LYNN ALDRICH, JEFF COLSON, ASHLEY HAGEN, TIM HAWKINSON, NOVA JIANG, JARED PANKIN, EPHRAIM PUUSEMP, PONTUS WILLFORS

 

EXHIBITION DATES:

SEPTEMBER 9 – OCTOBER 14, 2017

RECEPTION: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 6-8 PM

 

(Los Angeles, CA) - DENK gallery is pleased to announce Conceptual Craft, a group exhibition featuring works by artists Lynn Aldrich, Jeff Colson, Ashley Hagen, Tim Hawkinson, Nova Jiang, Jared Pankin, Ephraim Puusemp, and Pontus Willfors. These eight Los Angeles-based artists, though all producing different types of sculptural work in unique ways, are united by a similar preoccupation with labor intensive, studio-based practices, and inventive uses of materials. In an era of art production still driven by the conceptual turn, these artists harness intention and concept without sacrificing the deliberate materiality, technical ingenuity, and facility, involved in the execution of object making. The concept and the process of its realization are mutually reliant.    

 

Conceptual Craft emphasizes a "return" to studio-driven work. While the word "craft" has tended to connote something negative in the vernacular of the art world or is even, at its worst, interpolated as something derisive, this show explores the symbiosis of concept and making. Here,"craft" is understood as the embodied process of building and composing, taken on by artists who indivisibly conjoin the conceptual and more immaterial interests of their work with the technical and "hand-made" aspects of its production. Los Angeles, as an art center, has long been informed by its legacy of fabrication and manufacture. Its motley history has included aircraft and aerospace development, custom car culture, industrial design and craftsmanship, architecture, a long-standing connection to film and television production, and, of course, the material-based practices of the Light and Space Movement which epitomize this close interaction of concept, material, and production.

 

The self-conscious materiality employed in this type of work is as integral to its existence as the ideational trajectory it supports.  Physically invested in the studio and its concrete end results, these artists adopt dexterous and process-driven approaches to making. This desire to "craft" and resolve the object, however, exists in ultimate service of content.

 

Among the artists in the exhibition, Lynn Aldrich works with found household and hardware materials such as sponges, hoses, gutters, and tubing, to create abstract sculptural works that feel like marine creatures at times and architectonic structures at others. Her compositions, though assembled from these unassuming parts, are expertly transformed into dynamic investigations of our culturally inculcated mass consumption and its deleterious environmental consequences. Tim Hawkinson, also using found and common everyday materials, creates biomorphic objects, at times kinetic, that explore themes like the body, transformation, the organic interacting with the mechanical, and the associations of the subconscious. His elaborate constructs, always driven by a conceptual and idea-based approach to materials, harness the transformative potential of physical reinvention. 

 

Jeff Colson, on the other hand, disguises the true materiality of his works. Abstract sculptures that seem assembled from lowly scraps of wood set atop unremarkable household objects like cabinets, tables, and shelves, Colson's works, in all their detailed verisimilitude, are in fact artifice, a convincing conceptual trompe l'oeil, painstakingly hand fabricated from urethane resin, wood, and acrylic paint. In defiance of our expectations, the objects are complex material oddities in spite of the initial impression of familiarity they channel.

 

The material approaches featured in Conceptual Craft are varied, but shared by each artist is a deliberate and conscientious attention to their evocative potential. Also present is the counterintuitive re-imagining of recognizable objects, some found and others fabricated, to dissimulate the known and shift the expected through new configurations and contexts.

 

image credits left to right: Tim Hawkinson, Tree Chain, 2017, Nova Jiang, Wobble, 2017.

 

ABOUT DENK GALLERY

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.

 

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT GALLERY DIRECTOR CARL BERG AT CARL@DENKGALLERY.COM

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