Laura Forman
New Work

January 21 - March 18, 2016

The latest works by Laura Forman are exquisitely rendered using pastels and graphite on paper, as well as polystyrene bead foam and Foam Coat, sanded to a porcelain-like finish. There is a striking diversity among the objects, which include a Victorian fainting couch, a dramatic rendering of a cape, and a confessional booth surrounded by the meticulous chalkboard scribblings of Euler’s Formula; a mathematical equation noted for its particular aesthetic beauty. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a sensitively sculpted rendition of a baby’s foot, a freestanding anatomical behemoth magnified to nearly 4 feet high. 

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Arden Surdam
Hold Your Breath

January 21 - February 25, 2016

The black and white photographs in Hold Your Breath are rooted in the history of the constructed photograph. A confluence of portraiture, sculpture, and performance, the images echo the playful absurdity of Oskar Schlemmer’s Bauhaus theater constructions as well as the sensual yet unsettling juxtapositions characteristic of the photographic work by West Coast artist, Jo Ann Callis. Like Callis, whom the artist studied with while earning her MFA at CalArts, Surdam begins her work by making sculptural forms, which become features of her final photographs. For her latest series, Surdam constructed eccentric papier-mâché headpieces, which she then covered with found fabric and wrapped around her models in a studio setting.

Fred Aiko

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