Patrick Marold: Astula
Goodwin Fine Art
June 8 - July 21, 2018
- Opening Reception: Friday June 8 from 6-8pm
Patrick Marold, Basin, charcoal on paper, 31.5 x 44 in., 2017
Astula is a solo exhibition of disparate drawings and sculptural works that reveal a decade of Patrick Marold's ongoing studio practice. The title - Latin for "splinter" or "chip" - relates in particular to several wood sculptures in the show that Marold incrementally shaped with saw cuts and knife scores over periods as long as a year.
During the last decade Marold has completed numerous public art commissions, including the iconic seven-acre Shadow Array, installed at the entrance to the Denver International Airport's new hotel and RTD station. Several pieces in Astula repurpose offcuts from the spruce logs Marold used for that installation. Cardinal Wedge, a splinter-like wall piece, was formed out of one long off-cut and embellished with hundreds of scrapes and saw-cuts showing the artist's commitment to economy of material. The striking vertical piece was then rubbed with layers of Colorado's distinctive red earth pigment to create a deep, vibrant surface.
The artist's previous solo show at Goodwin Fine Art (Residuum, 2016) also paid homage to Marold's penchant for revisiting previous work and exploring its materiality anew. Included in the 2016 exhibition were several large gestural, charcoal drawings that were created by existent sculptures whose surfaces were charred. In the process of creating the drawings, the sculpture was hoisted into the air, slowly released, creating a swinging motion as it skipped across the paper leaving behind its impressions on the surface.
The piece Dual Slabs, Maple, featured on the cover of the exhibition announcement is made of two roughly hewn pieces of maple wood that were aged and greyed for more than a year. During that period Marold would move and reorient the pieces, reassessing their form and relationship to one another. The wood eventually twisting naturally into new shapes. Marold then enhanced each piece with cuts and scratches before leaning them against each other in their final resting state.
Astula is a compendium of more than 20 sculptural objects and charcoal drawings, none of which are necessarily related but reflect the breadth of work conceived in the studio; from concept sketches to fleeting impulses that might materialize later into a large-scale sculpture. Two pieces that are visually if not conceptually related are Bright Island, a circular clay object whose cracked, concave surface resembles a dried pool, and Basin, a charcoal drawing with a roughly-curved white outline embedded in its dark surface. Similarly, Spire, a medium sized vertical drawing in charcoal, evokes the shape and dynamic of Cardinal Wedge.
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