Lynn Aldrich

O, MAGNIFY

Artist Led Walkthrough: June 29th, 2019

May 25 – July 13, 2019

Lynn Aldrich

Pet Rescue for the Anthropocene, 2017

Fake fur swatches, steel chain leash

20h x 45w x 7d in

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Lynn Aldrich

Out of Ink: Remaining Embers, 2016

Ink pads, ink cartridges, blotting paper soaked in ink, wood

24h x 19w x 4d in

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Lynn Aldrich

Cloudburst, 2016

Vinyl hoses, oil paint, wood panel

45h x 28w x 12d in

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Lynn Aldrich

Reverse the Rain, 2019

Galvanized steel, acrylic paint

66h x 60w x 52d in

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Lynn Aldrich

Crack!, 2019

Hand-cut plastic roofing panels on acrylic support

61h x 34w x 8d in

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Lynn Aldrich

Porthole, 2019

Hand-cut plastic roofing panels on acrylic support

27h x 27w x 10d in

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Lynn Aldrich

Tar Pit, 2019

Tar felt, plastic, oil paint, acrylic paint, pop-up lights

20h x 60w x 60d in

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Lynn Aldrich

Broken Rose, 2019

Oil paint, acrylic paint, sheet rock on three wood panels

(left to right) 72h x 60w x 5d, 72h x 48w x 5d, 72h x 36w x 5d in

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Lynn Aldrich

START-UP AFTER EXTINCTION EVENT, 2019

Fake rock pet caves on fake rock pump cover, tea lights

44h x 54w x 48d in

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Lynn Aldrich

Water Tangle, 2018

Galvanized steel, acrylic paint

42h x 64w x 54d in

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Lynn Aldrich

Hermitage, 2019

Sonotubes, plastic, oil paint, carpet

168h x 60w x 60d in

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Lynn Aldrich

Evergreen (Fragment After Casper David Friedrich), 1987

Oil paint, acrylic paint, enamel on wood panel, upholstered vinyl on wood

74h x 81w x 7d in

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Lynn Aldrich

Rift (Fragment After Casper David Friedrich), 1987

Oil paint, acrylic paint, enamel on wood panel, linoleum on wood

76h x 71w x 5d in

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Lynn Aldrich

Visitation (Fragment After Van Gogh), 1988

Oil paint, acrylic paint, enamel on shaped canvas, upholstered vinyl on wood

63h x 90w x 7d in

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Lynn Aldrich

Pathways (Fragments After Smithson and Van Gogh), 1988

Oil paint, acrylic paint, enamel on wood panel, linoleum on wood

78h x 114w x 7d in

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Start-up (after Extinction Event), 2019

Fake rock pet caves on fake rock pump cover, tea lights

44 x 54 x 48 in

DETAIL

Water Tangle, 2018

Galvanized steel, acrylic paint

42 x 64 x 54 in

Press Release

Los Angeles, CA - DENK gallery is pleased to present new works by Lynn Aldrich in O, Magnify, the artist's first solo exhibition with DENK and her first in Los Angeles since 2015. A conceptually motivated sculptor, Aldrich's works offer unexpected material propositions to the ordinary. Inspired by everyday household objects and "specimens" she's amassed on expeditions to local hardware stores, Aldrich's sourcing is not all that unlike a 19th-Century naturalist's penchant for in-field collecting, but with the natural milieus transposed for LA's suburban sprawl. Deliberated and planned rather than intuited, Aldrich's transformations of lowly, even empirically worthless, materials through ingenious though minimal, low-tech means, evoke everything from natural phenomena and commercial consumerism to spiritual longing. 

O, Magnify is inspired by the desire 'to see' and to know, a shared human desire that is pursued by science, philosophy, and sometimes art. Aldrich's own quasi-scientific methods produce objects and metaphors from the empirically observed with or even projections. In addition to the magnification made possible by powerful telescopes and microscopes, the exhibition title is also a nod to biblical Psalm 34:3 where "magnify" is from the Greek word to exalt, to make . Here, the restrictions of scientific discipline make room for mystery and the quest for transcendent meaning.
 
Aldrich's art teases out metaphors that begin with a slowed down look at natural phenomena like flora and fauna, rocks and water, and light and darkness in space and time. Her occasionally profound references are sometimes humorously offset by the material vernacular of middle-class, DIY culture promoted by So Cal purveyors of artificiality. In addition to , Aldrich shops in home improvement warehouses, hobby shops, and the fashion district for art supplies. O, Magnify includes works constructed from utility plastic hosing, corrugated roofing panels, ink pads and cartridges, drywall and tar felt, fake rock pet huts, and construction Sonotubes to create impactful and resonant encounters from unlikely means. This transmutation of the commonplace is the basis of Aldrich's practice - an ability to draw transcendent transformations from the of secular materials.
 
The exhibition will include nine new sculptural works, including a fourteen-foot Sonotube structure containing an optical environment inspired by the phenomenological theater James Turrell (b. 1943). Aptly titled Hermitage, this sculpture is meant to be entered and experienced in solitude (turn off your phones), invoking the ascetic seclusion of the Christian monastic tradition to which it refers. Other works like Crack!, made from the accumulation of several layers of hand-cut, transparent plastic roofing are unexpectedly complex, revealing the manufactured plastic's inherent material qualities with little intervention or artifice on Aldrich's part. The cracked trench coursing through its surface is an undeniable Vanitas. Other works include Start-up (after Extinction Event), a dark and distant village of miniature caves inspired by Pulitzer prize awarded novelist Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic saga, The Road. 
 
Aldrich's works quietly reveal their latent preoccupation with the imminence of eventual and final collapse (if only that of the expanding universe), both promised by science and predicted by desert prophets, a dread percolating too beneath our observations of Earth's current ecological state. Her , once the delight of their initial discovery and surprise subsides, however, us of the fundamental longing for life, light, and transformation: the shared redemptive domains of science and faith. 
 
ABOUT LYNN ALDRICH
Lynn Aldrich completed a BA at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and an MFA at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. She has exhibited internationally and was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2014. She is represented in several notable collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, the Calder Foundation, New York, the Ahmanson Collection, Irvine, CA, and the Alain Servais Collection, Brussels, among many others.