I left my folk and friends with the aim to clear my mind out"
"So off and on you go, the seconds tick the time out
There's so much left to know and I'm on the road to find out" - Cat Stevens
February 10 - March 17, 2013
Opening Reception: Sunday, February 10th, 6-8pm
Lisa Cooley is pleased to present a two-person exhibition by Becky Beasley and Alicja Kwade. Their works share an interest in industrial materials as well as dark, blunt and sometimes opaque formal qualities. Yet these dark aspects are rivaled by the artists’ engagement with the domestic, perception, literature or personal narrative. This is the first time either artist has shown at the gallery.
Becky Beasley’s work may first appear as subtle, quiet forms but quickly give way to literary worlds, tinged with autobiographical references... Beasley’s sculptures have always conversed with her photography. Early photographs depicted objects covered in blankets and were thus abstracted. As these photographic forms transmogrified into sculptures, they assumed a domestic scale – pianos, books, or humans – and poetic function. In this case, Steppe’s inky landscape counterbalances Beasley’s verdant photographs, representing the bloodless, lifeless phase of nature’s cycle.
Alicja Kwade’s sculptures try to elongate time and space. They present themselves as solid, real, heavy things, created with industrial processes or from everyday conveniences like clocks, mirrors, cars, lamps, and watches, yet in Kwade’s hands they invert, misalign, and melt. Her sculptures subvert one’s expectations precisely because of their familiarity and physicality. Their crystalline elegance and cinematic scale only magnify their pull on one’s perception.