November 30, 2012
FRED EVERSLEY at David Richard Gallery
ARTnews, December 2012
Ann Landi


FRED EVERSLEY at David Richard Gallery
ARTnews, December 2012
Ann Landi

Along with artists De Wain Valentine and Larry Bell, Brooklyn-born Fred Eversley came of age in the late 1960s during Light and Space Movement in Los Angeles. This concise retrospective of works from 1976 to 2011 offered a mesmerizing overview of his accomplishments, which have been over lookedin the wake of more mind-bending experiments with similar mediums. Eversley made most of the pieces on view by injecting dyes into polyester resin, and then sanding and polishing the resin after it set.

The key to Eversley's work is the elegance. His sculptures might initially suggest exquisite examples of Steuben glass, but they reveal themselves as far more complex as you spend time with them. Walk around a small, simple vessel like Seascape (2003)and myriad oceanic hues emerge -- ultramarine and cerulean blues, purples, and even seaweed-like color. The same happens with the slightly larger Pensive (2009), which glows with pale shades of lavender and pink while casting interlocking shadows on its base. Notre Dame (2001) is a shimmering obelisk reminiscent of a tall Gothic cathedral -- but with a small indentation at its base, where the ethereal color seems to pool before they thrust upward to take a celestial translucence.

There was also fun to be had here with two early works from 1976 -- L.A. Red Eye Too and Indigo Vision. Looking through these lenslike objects, the other sculptures in the show, and the architecture of the gallery itself, were distorted and fractured and a little bit trippy. When Eversley turns to bronze, as he did for Gemini Split (2004), the result is cooly stylish but aloof, more a throwback to Brancusi than a look ahead to the irresistible possibilities of technology.

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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