Edward Cella Art & Architecture celebrates two exhibitions with an artist reception tonight. Take in a new body of panoramic landscape photographs by Stephen Berens in an exhibition titled “From There to Here.”
Informed by the parallels between the 1860s and 1960s, Berens layers and overlaps photographs of specific Civil War battleground sites with Counter Culture gathering sites in America. He does this by physically running the paper through the printer from two to ten times, each layer of ink being set upon a previous layer. Bringing the physicality of these places to materialization, Berens will present a series of new cast bronze sculptures of Civil War cannonballs and 60’s era frisbees.
Also opening tonight is “Field Language,” an exhibition of new ceramic sculptures and works on paper by David Hicks. Drawing inspiration from the cultivation of nature through farming, Hicks creates what he calls a “library” of experimental ceramic forms that resemble beautifully decayed produce. These individual ceramic elements are assembled together by welding wire armatures aggregating dozens of disparate pieces into singular large, wall mounted sculptures or in large fields. This new series displays an assortment of surfaces, colors, and shapes that will be exhibited as groupings of objects in the gallery’s project room and front windows.
Hicks’ awareness of his own attraction and appreciation of agriculture, the politics of labor and those who labor can be found in the fields surrounding his home in California’s Central Valley. Often called the “Bread Basket of the World,” forms that could be hanging from trees, in the hands of migrant harvesters, on our tables or rotting on the dirt, find their way into his obsession with this increasingly standardized process.
On view: July 21 – August 25, 2018
What: Opening Reception
Where: Edward Cella Art & Architecture, 2754 S La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034
When: Saturday, July 21, 2018; 6:00-8:00pm