David Kordansky Gallery presents a group exhibition titled “Taurus and the Awakener.”
Chakaia Booker, Eminent Domain, 2010, rubber tires and wood, 55 x 76 x 24 inches (139.7 x 193 x 61 cm)
This exhibition takes its title from the astrological lexicon, and makes reference to the recent ingress of the planet Uranus into the zodiacal sign of Taurus. Uranus entered Taurus in May 2018, and will remain there, save for a brief return to Aries later this year and early next, until July 2025. Taurus, as a sign whose symbolism is related to the sensual, the earthy, the grounded, and the fecund, would seem to counteract the excitability and ruthless penchant for innovation that define the Uranian archetype. But combining their themes conjures visions of radical natural structures and an eclectic, searching femininity that inspires a distinctly embodied form of sense perception. It is this spirit that Taurus and the Awakener seeks to channel by juxtaposing sculptures whose intellectual rigor and experimental ethos are inextricable from their physical expression.
The group show features sculptures by Polly Apfelbaum, Huma Bhabha, Chakaia Booker, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Evan Holloway, Ruby Neri, Mindy Shapero, Arlene Shechet, Paul Pascal Thériault, and Betty Woodman.
Betty Woodman, Roman Girls, 2008, glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, lacquer paint, 35 1/2 x 82 x 11 inches (90.2 x 208.3 x 27.9 cm)
Occupying both of the gallery’s spaces, the exhibition brings together floor- and wall-based objects from a diverse group of contemporary artists, highlighting their pronounced materiality, organic forms, and simultaneous emphasis on craft-based discipline and free-ranging intuition.
On view: July 21 – August 25, 2018
Where: David Kordansky Gallery, 5130 W. Edgewood Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90019