New City Studio on Central represented Lagomm Studios on Third Friday with an exceptionally innovative exhibition called “It’s a Process”. This beautiful showing was comprised of five local artists whose approach to the work varies greatly but whose collective pursuit of their craft is unanimous. Encompassing various types of media from embroidery to paint to woodwork, this exhibit was a treat to the senses.
Chelsea Zyles’ hand crafted textiles stagger the imagination. The intricacy of the embroidery work coupled with the scale of the pieces speak to countless hours of labor by this talented artist. Light and shadow dance beneath the spider-like pattern bringing depth to the arrangement. The delicate web of vibrant color is suspended by a web-like framework and juxtaposed against rough burlap, bringing to mind the fragile balance of life’s complexities.
The woodwork of Lagomm founder Brett Eichmann begs for closer inspection. Contrasting smooth, polished surfaces against rough-hewn textures brings tension to the work, and his marriage of steel and wood is anything but standard. The pieces offer a delightful view from any angle, and their simplicity belie the extensive process required to produce such precision.
Steel, oil paint, and wood are the materials of choice for artist Nick Rascona. These three dimensional pieces seem almost to interact with the viewer as shadow and light wrestle for the spotlight. The industrial feel of welded steel contrasted against organic wooden shapes perfectly balance one another. The vibrancy of color within the piece brings an essence of buoyancy to an otherwise fixed piece. These sculptures leap from the wall and demand another look.
In Brianna Voron’s oil painting “In Process”, one gets a sense of melancholy from the solitary unfinished figure. The piece is reminiscent of a sketch one might find in an artist’s workbook; a peek into the creative mind as it searches for a visual representation to the inspirations swirling within. Though the piece is displayed in the rough, the craftsmanship of line and accuracy of form affirm the talent of this artist.
From genesis to culmination, Miguel Cardona’s craftsmanship is without equal. One could hardly imagine that a stump of mesquite wood might become something so indelibly beautiful. Cardona’s adept procurement of the form within the raw material is evocative of Michelangelo’s David. Ranging from smaller wall hangings to five foot tall sculptures, the work of Miguel Cardona is something to behold. The exhibit also included a video chronicling the artist’s process, from raw bark and chainsaw to sanded and polished perfection. There is something rough and wild yet simultaneously delicate and exquisite to Cardona’s work that leaves the viewer in breathless and inspired awe.