Ben La Rocco
Alien Bird Song
March 7 – 29, 2015
On March 7th, 2015 there will be a solo exhibition by Ben La Rocco. The work will be on display through March 29th with a reception for the artist on March 7th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
“Did you ever see the movie The Fly?
I remember seeing it when I was a child and I think I got so scared I asked my father to take me out of the theater.
Anyway, Jeff Goldblum builds this teleportation machine, which doesn’t work very well and turns things inside out when it transports them.
My work, I’m told, is like if you put a Joseph Cornell through that machine.
I think of art more as being between things than as any one thing.
So look for the gaps.
Painting destroys things.
Sculpture builds them.
The beautiful thing, anyway, is that we are each something, which solves the problem of meaning.”
Ben La Rocco
“I look at the clay, yes, but more through it toward a possible image of a figure; one that is a variant and not me. The material, a necessity, must fuse with the person it describes. The tools and my hands leave traces, and even more so the moving around and re-arranging of pieces of the material (many of which contain the details) leave the remains of a story about work. This record; of my looking for – on the skin of what appears as another human should be seen as part of the particular terms of the culture of modeling, and in my case a hybrid: collage/modeling. The arrangement of material exceeds and sometimes only approximates. What is left over – the shaping that is outside the normative figure is not a form of style but the remains of many changes marking a movement toward the emergence of the other person.”
Bruce Gagnier, 2014
All Work by Bruce Gagnier courtesy Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, New York
John Davis Gallery 362 1/2 Warren Street Hudson, New York 12534