August 7 - September 26, 2020
A solo exhibition featuring work by Dameon Lester.
“Dameon Lester produced Serene Disturbances through exploration of natural surfaces of colored rocks left in the wake of glacial recession. Each face, each fragment distinguished by surface, line, and color takes shape and oats away as a new sculpture marking the rock’s slow return to basic elements. From there, large-scale sculptures create glacial forms calving on the wall. On closer inspection, the cracks and crevices themselves become black outlines, drawings of what once was a solid and foregone conclusion.”
From the artist:
“At the foot of a receding glacier, small volcanic rocks scattered along the shores of a growing lake are disintegrating from crushing fractures. Left behind in the wake of the glacier’s recession, these scarred tokens from the mountain display an array of prismatic colors. “Serene Disturbances” is the exploration of one of these rocks as a casualty of a broken cycle brought on by climate change.
To emphasize the trajectory of this disturbance, I made a geometric pattern of the small rock and carefully returned it to its resting place. From this pattern, I further deconstructed the rock by separating its twelve faces. Each face is then manipulated by surface, line, and color into endless images referencing the rock’s slow demise and the disappearance of ice. Sculptures create glacial forms falling from the wall as others set adrift across the gallery floor, what was once a solid is now a foregone conclusion.
Now a metaphor of loss, a loss of climate, culture, and understanding, glaciers have become an equilibrium out of balance. “Serene Disturbances” shows a stillness, a frozen moment, even a serenity, until the subtlety of awkward forms and aggravating angles creep in as loud crashing truths to remind us of our own fragile position. — “
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