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Constructions

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(Los Angeles) Edward Cella is pleased to present Constructions, an exhibition that considers the process of building in contemporary sculpture and photography. Featuring diverse methodologies and practices, the exhibition includes artworks ranging from Lenticular photographs to sculptures made from common household materials purchased from Home Depot. The exhibition includes new works by Lynn Aldrich, Adam Berg, Laurie Frick, Dave Hicks, George Legrady, Brad Miller, Alex Slade and the collaborative team of Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues. Constructions is the second in a pair of exhibitions of gallery artists at the gallery’s new location on La Cienega Boulevard in the heart of the Culver City Arts District. 

Lynn Aldrich, recipient of a 2014 John G. Guggenheim Fellowship Award in Creative Arts, is known for her manipulation of common household items into forms that meditate on nature. Her first retrospective at Art Center College of Design was called “delightfully quixotic” by the Los Angeles Times. Since receiving her MFA from Art Center College of Design, Aldrich’s work has been acquired by many prestigious collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Peter Norton Collection.

Adam Berg’s 2014 solo exhibition at Pio Monti Arte Contemporanea in Rome, Italy, featured dynamic sculptures, videos, and paintings that fuse scientific models with art historical references to investigate the boundaries between art and science. Berg has exhibited extensively in museums in the United States, Israel and in Europe including The Last Freedom at the Ludwig Museum Koblenz, Koblenz, Germany and Rain of Meteorites at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, England. His most recent sculptures are currently installed at the Agensys corporate campus at the Bergamot Station complex and will remain on public view for two years.

Laurie Frick’s artworks transcribe personal information gathered daily into visual patterns through a variety of media creating abstracted self-portraits. Frick’s extensive exhibition history includes Walking, Eating Sleeping, Marfa Contemporary, Marfa TX and Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Oklahoma City, OK; Who are you? What day is it?, Pavel Zoubok, New York, NY; Rules of Conversion, curated by Debbie Hesse and Carol Padberg at the Haskins Laboratories, Yale University, New Haven, CT. She has participated in numerous artist-in-residence programs including Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausilito, CA; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE; and the American Academy, Rome Italy.

Dave Hicks creates ceramic art works inspired by nature. Individual organic forms are assembled together by thin wire aggregating dozens of disparate parts into singular large sculptures. Hick’s is a graduate from the well-regarded ceramics program at California State University, Long Beach and received his MFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, New York. Recent exhibitions include Nucleus, Cross Mackenzie Gallery, Washington DC; Material Collaborations, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL; Goodwin Fine Art, Denver, CO; and MUCK, Curated by Peter Held, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ. His work is included in numerous private and public collections including the St. Petersburg Museum of Art, the US Embassy Art Collection, Washington, DC, and the American Museum of Ceramic Art.

Since the 1970’s, George Legrady’s practice has combined traditional and technological mediums, investigating the properties of photography itself. The exhibition features works from a new series of lenticular photographs using images taken while the artist traveled through Europe, Israel, and Canada as a young adult. Legrady has widely exhibited in the United States, Europe and Asia including exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA and currently at the Chronus Art Center in Shanghai, China.

Brad Miller captures naturally occurring forms and complex organic systems in compacted congeries of clay, paint, or ink. Judy Seckler of Ceramics Magazine describes his organically inspired sculptures as “possess[ing] a life force that exemplifies all that is pure and natural.” Miller’s work is represented in numerous significant public and private collections including the Brooklyn Museum, Denver Art Museum, LA County Museum of Art and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian.

Alex Slade’s photographic series chronicle the artist’s wanderings throughout the US, documenting locations in the process of transformation.  The resulting works present a place where corporate capitalism dominates every aspect of the urban fabric.  Slade has exhibited extensively in the US and internationally, including at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Prague Biennial 2003, and the San Francisco Art Institute. Slade pursued his graduate studies in California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, and currently resides and works in Los Angeles.

The collaborative team of Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues are best known for their large-scale public art installations utilizing ground-breaking fabrication technics invented in their own expansive studio. Recent projects include Pulp Pavilion at the 2015 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Air Garden at the Bradley International Terminal at LAX. Publicly known as Ball Nogues Studio, the duo have exhibited extensively with site specific installations at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Venice Biennale of Architecture, Venice, Italy; MOCA Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA; The Urban Art Biennale, Bordeaux, France; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN; and the Shenzhen & Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, Shenzhen, China.