EDITORIAL GALLERY is delighted to exhibit, CARBON: To Exist II, Todd Gavin’s second exhibition of his beautiful and innovative carbon frescoes. The exhibition will open September 26th and will remain on view through November 9th 2013. A public reception for the artist will take place on October 3rd, between 6 and 8:30pm. Todd’s work draws upon the classical forms of fresco and relief sculpture, and reformulates it, to create a new medium of artistic expression.
Carbon, as the foundation of organic life, is symbolically and literally portrayed in these works. Each fresco is a composition of oil, ash, and coal combined within and upon cement. The aggregates of earth and carbon are infused in the cement, making a rigid illustrative form that is simultaneously sculptural and graphical. The resulting art form blurs the lines between relief sculpture and painting. The inspiration and metaphor of carbon, as life, and the cement and dry aggregate as the Earth, combine physically, materially, and metaphorically in the subjective meaning of the form. Throughout the series, the artist communicates the fundamental significance and paradoxes of carbon’s role in the formation of life. Each piece is based on a thematic property associated with carbon, drawing on its’ affiliation to life and the experience of being. The varied, yet relatable, compositions portray the physical aesthetics of life, in material and form, and convey an organic atmosphere that simultaneously portrays and invokes emotion. With the use of simple and elemental materials, earth and carbon, Todd Gavin has realized a wholly unique aesthetic, innovatively applying the beautiful harmonies, of the formal language of nature, to define, the emotional, nonphysical aspects of existence.
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