David Kordansky Gallery

  • Samara Caughey
Palimpset January 12 — February 10, 2007

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  • ...to tell tales, 2006, wood, stump, plaster, rope, paint, 31 x 45 x 20 inches (78.7 x 114.3 x 50.8 cm)
  • ...to tell tales, 2006, (alternate view) wood, stump, plaster, rope, paint, 31 x 45 x 20 inches (78.7 x 114.3 x 50.8 cm)
  • ...to tell tales, 2006, (detail) wood, stump, plaster, rope, paint, 31 x 45 x 20 inches (78.7 x 114.3 x 50.8 cm)
  • ...even unwilling, 2006, wood, plaster, styrofoam, paint, 42 x 22 x 11 inches (106.7 x 55.9 x 27.9 cm)
  • ...even unwilling, 2006, (detail) wood, plaster, styrofoam, paint, 42 x 22 x 11 inches (106.7 x 55.9 x 27.9 cm)
  • ...tying stems..., 2006, plaster, Styrofoam, paint, string, nails, dimensions variable
  • ...tying stems..., 2006, (detail) plaster, Styrofoam, paint, string, nails, dimensions variable
  • ...tying stems..., 2006, (detail) plaster, Styrofoam, paint, string, nails, dimensions variable
  • ...tying stems..., 2006, (detail) plaster, Styrofoam, paint, string, nails, dimensions variable
  • ...I bid you sing, 2006, wood, coconut shell, plaster, styrofoam, paint, 58 x 27 x 28 inches (147.3 x 68.6 x 71.1 cm)
  • ...I bid you sing, 2006, (alternate view) wood, coconut shell, plaster, styrofoam, paint, 58 x 27 x 28 inches (147.3 x 68.6 x 71.1 cm)
  • ...I bid you sing, 2006, (detail) wood, coconut shell, plaster, styrofoam, paint, 58 x 27 x 28 inches (147.3 x 68.6 x 71.1 cm)
  • ...had she a thought, 2006, wood, plaster, styrofoam, fabric, coconut shell, paint, 46 x 61 x 17 inches (116.8 x 154.9 x 43.2 cm)
  • ...had she a thought, 2006, (detail) wood, plaster, styrofoam, fabric, coconut shell, paint, 46 x 61 x 17 inches (116.8 x 154.9 x 43.2 cm)
  • ...a thin voice, 2007, wood, stump, plaster, styrofoam, string, coconut shells, paint, nails, 30 x 36 x 20 inches (76.2 x 91.4 x 50.8 cm)
  • ...a thin voice, 2007, (alternate view) wood, stump, plaster, styrofoam, string, coconut shells, paint, nails, 30 x 36 x 20 inches (76.2 x 91.4 x 50.8 cm)
  • ...a thin voice, 2007, (detail) wood, stump, plaster, styrofoam, string, coconut shells, paint, nails, 30 x 36 x 20 inches (76.2 x 91.4 x 50.8 cm)

For immediate release

 

David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to present Samara Caughey’s second solo exhibition, Palimpsest. The opening reception will be held on Friday, January 12th from 6 to 9pm, and the exhibition will be on view through February 10th. For Palimpsest, Caughey extends her ongoing practice of exploring the possibility of materials such as plaster, wood, wire and yarn, through formal progressions, color relationships and repetitive structures.

 

Samara Caughey’s notable series of sculptural works channel Neo-Classical and Constructivist influences and configurations. Her fascination with uncommon combinations leads to synthetic re-creations of the figure, planar and linear forms and strict geometrical shapes. This aesthetic of mixing permeates the gaps between genres and provokes spatial tensions between shapes.

 

Perhaps the most distinctive characteristic of Caughey’s work is her understated use of color and volume. Caughey’s use of color is sneaky, and not limited to the physical material of paint. Her brush strokes echo and disappear in swatches of fabric and subtly altered logs. To the same effect, Caughey’s constructions of loosely hinged sticks mimic the voluminous presence and visual patterns of traditional sculpture.

 

Palimpsest involves a subtle masking of history within each object. Her formal approach allows for materials to be used as metaphor while simultaneously emphasizing the recognizable object within each disparate element. Caughey is conceptually allured by the unrealized as well as by the potential of remaking or reworking sculptures documented but no longer in existence. She has come to describe her work as “a generation of a generation.”

 

Samara Caughey is a Los Angeles based sculptor. She has had solo exhibitions at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Midway Contemporary Art, St. Paul, MN and Walter McBean Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA. She has participated in group exhibitions at Gavin Brown Passerby, New York, NY, Glendale Community College Gallery, Glendale, CA, Participant Inc., New York, NY, and University of Knoxville, Knoxville, TN,.

 

For more information please call (323) 222-1482, send a fax to (323) 227-7933 or email info@davidkordanskygallery.com.