October 13 - November 16, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, October 13, 6-8pm
Linchpin is an exhibition of recent sculpture by Joe Ferriso, Conrad Guevara and Chelsea Pegram. The works revolve around a compositional point of tension which supports the “weight,” both actual and metaphorical, of its cumulative parts. This precarity exposes vulnerability in otherwise sturdy objects, resulting in dynamic, architectural constructions tottering on the brink of total dissolution. They appear ready to unravel, a game of Jenga at its penultimate moment.
Each of the artists works primarily with common building materials, relying upon rigid, structural elements which belie the softer, more playful, and subtler aspects of the works. This dichotomy is achieved through delicate engineering and a deft use of gravity. The “linchpin” in these sculptures is the point at which they achieve balance and where art-making intersects with ontology, philosophy and mathematics.
Joe Ferriso’s plywood constructions, painted bright, contrasting colors, elegantly bend and fold from the wall. Held together with nothing more than clamps, the sculptures are modular, to be reconﬁgured and adapted as Ferriso sees ﬁt. The plywood seems to defy its own physical limitations, challenging just how much an otherwise ﬂat, rigid surface can be bent into a dynamic, curvilinear form.
Conrad Guevara’s multi-panel paintings on canvas are in held in place by implied and actual tension. The works present a dichotomy between functionality and sentimentality, caged by their component parts which adhere them to the wall and inﬂuence large swaths of their richly painted surfaces.
Chelsea Pegram uses MDF and concrete to create geometric, architectural works reminiscent of Brutalism, yet punctured by moments of soft, organic vulnerabilities. Sea shells embedded in concrete recall bodily oriﬁces, while strips of sand and small rocks form long arcs inlaid to wood. These small reminders of sex, nature, and fragility are almost hidden from the viewer. Their power is their rarity, subtle masses overwhelmed by the harsh, monolithic fortresses surrounding them.
Presented by Levy Art + Architecture