January 26 - March 23, 2019
895 Colusa Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94707
Thursday - Saturday, 10 - 4, by appointment
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Traywick Contemporary is pleased to announce Curvilinearity, a solo exhibition featuring new sculpture by Bay Area artist David Fought.
The abstract sculptures Fought makes from unassuming materials—construction plaster and repurposed metal rods—are the result of a formal and intuitive discovery of form. Equally important to his labor-intensive practice is the expressive properties of these materials, which reveal not only his hand but also the specifics of his process. His elegant geometric works combine the forceful influence of minimalism with a distinct physicality that continually shifts between two and three dimensions.
In his single-minded and cerebral approach, Fought is focused on the relationships between line, texture, mass and form. Through his pieces, he explores both the linear qualities of sculpture and the dimensional possibilities of drawing. He burns, cools and bends metal rods into various shapes, providing a physical framework that references the elemental lines of drawing. Using additive and reductive techniques he molds, stretches and bends plaster to create planes and volumes that both fill and reveal the spaces between the metal rods.
While Fought’s sculptures are complex compositions based on the intersections of basic geometric shapes (such as triangles, oblong rectangles and parallelograms), the exhibition title references a current interest in curvilinear forms. The inherent motion and ability of the curved line to lead the eye around an object also draws attention to the subtle variations from piece to piece. He explains, “similar to a single musical note being the basis for complex melodies, these sculptural moments embody simple gestures or small equations of how all objects appear as they do.”
Currently living and working in San Francisco as part of the Project Artaud cooperative, David Fought received a BFA from the New College of California in 1998 and an MFA from the California College of the Arts in 2004.