Fred Eversley, one of the important Light and Space artists from Los Angeles who, along with his contemporaries DeWain Valentine and Peter Alexander, works with cast resin to explore the limits of visual perception. Energy and kinetics are at the core of Eversley’s art and sculptures. It is more about the energy and movement of the viewing space in relation to the viewer than the physicality of the objects themselves. Eversley’s sculptures are based upon the geometry of the parabola—whether he is using translucent or reflective materials—whereby the intrinsic concave surfaces dictate the physical properties and resulting optical effects, bending and distorting the view of whatever is on the other side. The translucent polyester resin concentrates color in the thickest portion and creates a color gradient that further redefines the space and expands the viewer’s perception. Light Lens is the gallery’s first solo exhibition for Eversley and will feature a selection of his sculptures in polyester and bronze, including a wall piece, and his well known “cathedrals”, “lenses” and “slices.”
Eversley’s sculptures were recently featured in the Getty Museum’s Pacific Standard Time exhibition, Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980 at the Hammer Museum, Places of Validation, Art & Progression at the California African American Museum and Pacific Standard Time / Berlin at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. In spring, 2013 his art will also be featured in Luminous! Dynamic! Space and Vision in Art, from Today back to 1913 at the Réunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais. Fred Eversley’s work has been featured at over 200 exhibitions at prestigious museums, galleries and art festivals worldwide. He was appointed as Artist-in-Residence at the Smithsonian Institute in 1977, and for three years, he had a studio at the National Air and Space Museum. His art is in the permanent collection of 35 museums (including the Whitney and Guggenheim) and he has executed 20 large public artwork commissions. Eversley was honored with the “Lorenzo di Medici” 1st prize for sculpture at the 2001 Biennale Internazionale Dell’ Arte Contemporanea di Firenze in Florence, Italy. He has lived and worked in Venice Beach, California since the 1960s.