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ALICE CLEMENTS – Reconstruction
March 16 - April 22
After a battle or a war is lost comes the time for
assessing the damage and beginning the process of reconstruction.
It is a poignant but hopeful time of imagining a new future.
Like walking past a construction site hidden behind webbing on a fence –
a site of quasi-magical potential that slightly transforms on each passing.
Our spirits are lifted by the ideals of modern architecture,
the ability to believe in newness, originality, truth.
In spite of occasionally flagging spirits and pedestrian realities,
dead-ends and work-arounds,
slowly the process moves forward.
On View: March 16 – April 22
Opening Event: Saturday, March 24 6-8pm
The stretched fabric screen in “RECONSTRUCTION” creates a divider, blocking off the gallery space, but leaving its contents dimly visible through the thin fabric screen. Upon further inspection, there is a gap behind the screen big enough to squeeze through to enter the space. The ambiguity of the partly blocked off entrance allows visitors to decide whether they will enter the space, and if they can fit through the narrow opening without upsetting the screen. The fabric could refer to a political banner, a makeshift partition in a hospital, or the security netting blocking a construction sight from view. Bandages and mosquito netting are made from this kind of gauze. It is a fabric that protects us from harm, and aids us after being wounded.
The concrete blocks are partly inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s “textile blocks” – combining decoration with structural function, but are reimagined as three-dimensional sculptures, using the more complicated cuboctrahedron instead of simple blocks. The blocks are heavy and sturdy enough to be used to build with, but impractical in their design. They can be turned and stacked in different positions to highlight geometric alliances and possibilities. They are like toys, but ones that are no fun to play with because of their awkward size and weight. There is a tension between useful and not useful that comes with making objects out of materials that are made to perform a specific function. The blocks are imperfect and show signs of struggle in their making, further setting them apart from practical cinder blocks. They refer to construction without actually signing up for it.
Alice Clements lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her BA from Wesleyan University and her MFA from Art Center College of Design. Recent shows include the Los Angeles Museum of Art, Santa Ana College Santora Gallery, Coop Gallery in Nashville, University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach, and Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles.