A two-person exhibition featuring the sculptures of Samuelle Richardson and the textile paintings of Joy Ray opens on Saturday, Sept. 7, at LAUNCH LA.
Curated by Andi Campognone, “Beyond/Within” explores the influence of seen and unseen forces in contemporary society, raising questions of power, control and belief. The opening reception will be held on Sept. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibition concludes Sept. 28 with an artist talk moderated by Campognone from 4 to 5 p.m.
Both artists use textiles to create a contemporary narrative that is less feminist than it is radical craft. The works are familiar but unexpected, subversive in their relationship with textile arts.
Richardson’s sculptures portray lesser beings that confront larger adversaries. She emphasizes handmade quality in her structures, pairing wood with fabric, and embraces flaws in the materials.
Ray’s “Post-apocalyptic Petroglyphs” evoke artifacts from a mysterious, vanished civilization. Her textile paintings grapple with secret codes, sinister conspiracies, dark rituals and the occult.
The artists complement each other with their mutual interest in textiles as sculptural materials with nods to Arte Povera, radical crafting and mid-century minimalism.
LAUNCH LA is located at 170 S. La Brea Ave. For more information, call Kristine Schomaker at (661)317-1069, or email email@example.com.
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