Just blocks from where his studio stood in the late 1960s, Mark di Suvero returns to Venice Beach, where he will present a solo exhibition of new sculpture and
works on paper throughout all spaces at L.A. Louver. The exhibit opened on the 25th of January and will run until the 1st of March 2008
In the main gallery, the exhibition will include two new monumental sculptures, Luck’s Prime and al di la. The sculptures are created from steel and stainless steel, which cut swathes through space with abstract expressionist gestures and graceful movement.
Several smaller sculptures of steel and titanium will accompany this large form in both interior and exterior galleries, taking advantage of the materials’ interplay
with the Southern Californian light. A gallery of works on paper in graphite and ink, relate to, but stand independent of, the sculptures. Each drawing is loose, exuberant, emotional, and conveys a spirit akin to poetry. The drawings are lyrical odes to the spirit and energy that di Suvero instills in his three dimensional works.
A book entitled Declaration is published to coincide with di Suvero’s exhibition. Declaration documents an evening of readings that was held on December 11, 2001, in commemoration of, and in response to 9/11. The volume includes poems and texts by Norma Cole, Fred Dewey, Peter J. Harris, Lewis MacAdams, Douglas Messerli, Martha Ronk, Standard Schaefer, Dennis Phillips, Paul Vangelisti and Diane Ward. The December 2001 readings were presented by L.A. Louver, Otis College of Art and Design’s Graduate Writing Program, Beyond Baroque and the Venice Family Clinic, and were held at the base of Mark di Suvero’s sculpture Declaration, 1999-2001. The book is published by Beyond Baroque and is available for $10.
From its placement on a grassy knoll in Venice Beach, and with the Pacific Ocean as its backdrop, di Suvero’s Declaration soars 60 feet into the sky. Since its installation in May 2001, as a celebration in honor of the Venice Family Clinic’s ARTWALK, the sculpture has become a Venice landmark.
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