March 23 - June 4, 2017
Material Girls profiles two nationally known artists Lynn Aldrich (Los Angeles) and Sabina Ott (Chicago), who work intensely with every day, banal materials or objects and transform them into distinctive artworks. Riffing on Madonna’s 1980s song for the title, Material Girls focuses on the artists’ process and their capacity to disguise or alter the materials, using displacement, repetition, and unanticipated combinations. Aldrich and Ott practice a constant recontextulization of materials, producing artworks that are large-scale, enigmatic and astounding—with a touch of humor.
Sabina Ott and Lynn Aldrich make distinctly different work, yet in their content and approach to art-making they have many similarities. Both studied painting in art school, then shifted to sculpture, and now transmute commonplace materials in unexpected combinations. Conceptually, their work is anchored by personal concerns about social and global politics, yet balanced with an audacious and playful sense of humor. Both Aldrich and Ott have absolute command over their materials, imbuing them with force and energy. And finally, Ott and Aldrich both enthusiastically embrace the idea that their eccentric, complex, and well-crafted work will at once delight, overwhelm and astonish us.
Thursday, March 23 6:00-8:00pm
Meet the artists & see the show! Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres hosted by the Bedford Gallery Guild and sponsored by JP Morgan Chase.