The Object & The Void
West Coast Metal Sculpture
February 17 – April 12, 2015
The Object & the Void features four West Coast sculptors whose work reveals how both a sculpture and the void that surrounds it need one another to communicate ideas and concepts. On view from February 17 to April 12, the exhibition assembles sculpture and installations by renowned artists Clay Jensen, Linda Fleming, Yoshitomo Saito, and Bella Feldman.
The artists work with metal media ranging from cast bronze to cut steel, to explore weight, balance, and how it can be used to portray a broad reach of visual imagery and ideas – including narrative, poetic, and abstract concepts. Some works weigh thousands of pounds, while others can fit in the palm of your hand.
Each of the exhibiting artists is well known for their masterful command of their media and inventive style. Clay Jensen forges austere structures in bronze inspired by his home state of Utah and the Bay Area’s dwindling urban environments. Linda Fleming and her “diagrams of thought” are colorful, patterned structures that suggest the presence of two realities existing at once. Yoshitomo Saito’s installation, 1000 Prayers, is a poignant installation of one thousand pine cones that comment on the series of natural disasters that have battered Japan in recent years. And Bella Feldman’s poetic work brings together metal, glass and found objects.