Denise Bibro Fine Art, 529 West 20th Street, 4W, Chelsea, NYC, is pleased to present Rodger Stevens: Rushes of Rapture and Discord, on view in our project space, Platform, May 8 to 31, 2008. The exhibition features wire sculptures, both wall-mounted and suspended from the ceiling, string drawings mounted on wood, and small pencil drawings.
Stevens’ intricate wall-mounted wire sculptures delight in the curvilinear quality of the drawn line, and are manipulated entirely by the artist’s own hand. Hanging delicately from a single point, the works hover a few inches off the wall, lending a kinetic quality as they dance almost imperceptibly to the air currents. Cast shadows lend another layer of complexity to Stevens’ compositions, giving the illusion of three-dimensional space. Appearing at first as purely abstract, upon closer investigation figurative references are revealed, and one begins to cobble together a narrative.
Sangfroid #2 hangs from the ceiling, its components delicately balanced on a horizontal wooden support. The scale of the piece is nearly human—it resembles an oversized wind chime, and playfully recalls Alexander Calder’s mobiles. Meanwhile, a collection of miniature, smaller gauge wire pieces are fashioned into iconic images such as light bulbs. Serving as a starting point for much of his sculpture, Stevens’ fanciful small drawings illuminate the artist’s creative process.
Stevens has mounted solo exhibitions in New York City at Abingdon 12, The New York Mercantile Exchange, 1 Main Street, Markham Murray Gallery, Yohji Yamamoto, House of Jenny Gallery, and Munder Skiles Gallery; and in Paris at the Bo Boutique. His work has been included in group shows at venues such as the Hangaram Design Museum, Seoul, Korea; Haven, Dallas; Velvet Da Vinci, Varnish Fine Art, and Gallery 69A, all in San Francisco; New Image Art, Los Angeles; Silvermine Guild Art Center, New Canaan, CT; the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY; the Bristol Museum of Art, Bristol, RI; and the Pound Ridge Museum, Pound Ridge, NY; as well as numerous venues in New York. Stevens attended Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
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