October 24 – December 5, 2015
Opening reception: October 24, 6-8pm
(Los Angeles) Edward Cella Art + Architecture is pleased to announce its first solo exhibition of Los Angeles based sculptor Lynn Aldrich. Entitled More Light than Heat, the exhibition features a new investigation of light and color.
More Light than Heat includes compositions that build on representation and seek out metaphorical possibilities. Methodically created over the past two years, this new series of work connects themes of light and knowledge which have long resonated for Aldrich. She states, “I consider light as a natural phenomenon as well as bearing knowledge – the source of enlightenment.”
The centerpiece of the exhibition is a wall-sized installation titled, Rosy Future and is composed of drywall, tarpaper, and oil painting. Drawing inspiration from stained glass found in cathedrals in Western Europe; Aldrich describes these as “the original light and space art form”. Aldrich’s oeuvre, known for its manipulation of readymade materials, turns outward toward the universe in this new body of work. Using the motif of the Rose Window, interpreted as celestial maps, Aldrich references Duchamp’s alter ego and pseudonym, Rose Sélavy, a work that signifies the transformation of materials to create new meanings.
With dramatic shifts in scale among the works in the exhibition, Aldrich creates opportunities to view light at levels from personal to cosmic. By observing and mapping the cosmological, metaphysical, and scientific through painting and sculpture, Aldrich creates an exhibition that explores knowing through faith; knowledge held lightly. She states, “It is not heavy, rather it flickers with radiance.”
Aldrich has exhibited widely including exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, Santa Monica Museum, Santa Monica, CA, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA, Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, Long Beach Museum, Long Beach, CA, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA. Aldrich’s work can be found in important collections throughout the country in both public and private institutions such at Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles who just acquired a piece last year, Los Angeles County Museum and the private collections of Peter Norton, Alexander Rower, Alain Servais, Susan and Larry Marx, Fred Sands and Howard and Roberta Ahmanson.