Exhibition: October 15-November 8, 2018
Opening Reception: Wednesday, Oct. 17 // 4-6 p.m.
Performance and Voice Bath by Odeya Nini // 4:30-5 p.m.
Frequency Response is an investigation of artists’ works that explore beyond the surface of their materials—revealing, unveiling and questioning while inventing new facets of what is possible. Christine Nguyen’s work draws upon the imagery of science, but it is not limited to technologies of the present. It imagines that the depths of the ocean reach into outer space, that through an organic prism, vision can fluctuate between the micro- and macroscopic. New free-standing abstraction studies by Jeff Ono are inspired by hybrid sculptures of organic forms and rigid geometric structure as he explores and contradicts the hubris of the early to mid-century modernist imaginary. Ono’s sculptures are constructed from simple, traditional and industrial materials ranging from paper, cloth, gesso, encaustics and clay to steel and poured concrete, and are displayed in conjunction with low-to-the-ground, handmade stands—a decidedly intimate quality he favors to challenge the typically hierarchical nature and scale of domestic furnishings, the traditional plinth or the monumental modernist gesture in general.
Melissa Manfull’s new drawings have recently shifted into sculptural forms, mounted on wood with custom footing, embodying a new presence. The work is centered on mineral fragments found at Quartzsite’s rock and mineral shows in Arizona. With a developed sensibility to reinterpret the object using systematic ideas, Manfull’s works takes on both an exploratory and defined path. Similar to Manfull’s “in between” state of drawing and sculpture, Randi Hokett’s finished Crystalworks lie somewhere amid sculpture and painting. They are the result of chemical reactions and layering, and reflect on the explosiveness and upheaval of creation and the visceral nature of growth and change. Hokett’s work can be understood to reference both the geological and human landscapes, and the liminal spaces that allow for change.
A Solo Voice, composed and performed by Odeya Nini, is an investigation of resonance, extended vocal techniques, performance and pure expression, exploring the relationship between mind and body and the various landscapes it can yield. The work is a series of malleable compositions and improvisations that include field recordings and theatrical elements, aiming to dissociate the voice from its traditional attributes and create a new logic of song that is not only heard but seen through movement and action. Nini will perform A Solo Voice during the reception in addition to offering a voice bath to gallery visitors. The voice bath is a meditation. You may bring a yoga mat or cushion and anything else that you need to feel comfortable sitting or lying on for 15 minutes.
*Image: Randi Hokett, Mineral Painting no. 4, 2018, Copper Sulfate and Potassium Ferricyanide