READE BRYAN • REFLEX
March 1 - 31, 2013
SIGNAL is pleased to present Reflex, an exhibition of new sculptures and site-specific works by Reade Bryan.
In Reflex Bryan has populated the gallery with an otherworldly landscape of playful, organic forms, all of them constituted from raw building materials: fiberglass insulation, rubber, metal and plywood.
The large sculptures in black rubber and stacked plywood have their origins in an earlier body of work by Bryan -- layered, industrial sheet material cut with a router and stacked to reveal geological striations.
Here the stacked forms take on continental shapes, as much resembling the irregular profile of a landmass as the SPLAT of something wet. Black rubber sheet is cinched beneath the uppermost layer and mounted to a central metal anchor -- a wing nut, or hexagonal bolt, or steel plate door handle. The dark rubber is taut at the point of tension, and draws its energy inward.
Bryan's manipulation of fiberglass insulation takes on a more biological quality. Cut, twisted, and anchored by a drill, or bisected by wire, the persistent volume of the insulation flows outward from its anchor point. These eruptive blooms populate the exhibition like some kind of alien succulent.
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