CultureFix (9 Clinton St., Manhattan)
On view through December 16th, 2012 (Tuesday-Sunday, 2–8pm)
In Perpetual Recombination, Recession Art’s featured artist Ian Trask presents a collection of sculptures that visualize an evolved interplay between concept, material and technique. The show’s title refers to the exchange of material between chromosomes during meiosis (cell division) and the resulting recombination of maternal and paternal DNA, a process that perpetuates genetic diversity of species and biodiversity of ecosystems. By analogy, this body of work represents nearly a decade of creative evolution. The combinatorial potential between the materials Trask collects and the processes he applies over time generate an elaborate diversity of forms all descended from a fundamental intuitive origin.
Trask’s sculptures transform materials of waste and commercial byproduct into refined aesthetic objects. He works with media as various as yarn, cardboard, plastic packaging, linen scraps, elastic webbing, wood molding, electrical wire and pornographic magazine clippings. In each case, an overlooked source of value is revealed in something wasted. While energies of sustainability and environmental activism are alive in Trask’s work, he comments, “It’s not about telling people what to do with their trash. It’s about allowing people to get lost in their own curiosity.” In many of these sculptures, the viewer will find a playful, sometimes mischievous invitation. Texture and tangibility are essential to the experience of these objects, and by provoking the impulse to explore, each piece rouses in the beholder the same spirit of curiosity, experimentation and play that occasioned their creation.