Industrial Strength focuses our vision on the buildings we inhabit, those we leave behind, and the schematics in our mind of things not yet created. Through flat-edge, straight edge, right angle, rectangle, circles, squares and cubes, sixteen artists provide rich visual landscapes and objects d’art in a wide variety of styles and media that reflect the juxtapositions of geometric shapes and constructs of newly minted materials, or of those that have aged and weathered down. The exhibit features 2-D and 3-D works, paintings, photographs, serigraphs, mixed media, metals, and light-based works.
FEATURED ARTIST: ERICK C. JOHNSON
Sculptor Erick C. Johnson fashions powerful and beautiful forms from often contrasting materials, such as new parts made from metals and woods and old parts from a plethora of found objects. Industrial Strength features two works by Johnson, Distractive Potential and Falter Ego, located in the northeast corner of the Lobby Gallery and the Outdoor Plaza.
Distractive Potential is a special installation within the Lobby Gallery that explores simple partnerships in unrelated forms. Of his work, Johnson says, “At an early age I gleamed my attraction to mechanisms from my father who was a mechanical engineer. I also associated plants and insects with connective tissues that worked as a pivot point, or a linking of junctures.” It is these junctures that Johnson fabricates with a magical sensibility that make his work so intriguing.
Falter Ego is a 20 foot structure with a secured and static foundation similar to a drafting instrument belonging to an architect or engineer. In contrast, the human figure is caught in mid free-fall, suggesting an untimely and unexpected demise. He says of this work, “We are the only creatures on earth that can build change and create our own environment. However our egos can forget the harmony needed for the future of our place as well as all living things.”
Curated by Andra Archer.
PUBLIC OPENING RECEPTION
Thursday, September 7
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Teresa Booth Brown
Alpert & Kahn
Erick C. Johnson