Clifford Eberly: Daisy Chains, Apr 13 – May 18Posted: April 13, 2013
Opening reception April 13th, 7-10 pm
On view by appointment until May 18th
Closing reception and performance May 18th
Daisy Chains is a site relative installation of connective fibers and skins where new parameters are constructed within the gallery space. Eberly creates an environment where everything touches, tugs and stretches another thing. Nothing is discrete. Nothing stands alone. Adorning rigid supports and bulbous forms with cast off knits, the elastic fabrics cover, transform, stretch, needle and shoot off every structure on which they come in contact. The space is held tight, blurred and split apart by warped divisions that unify the space into a zone of phenomenal contemplation. Not content to ascribe to any extant philosophical prescription, Eberly attempts to make a walk in sculpture that places the viewer in a tactile site meant for visual exploration. For Eberly, the process of making art is mechanical, intuitive and vampiric. Each attachment, weave and juxtaposition relies on the previous; thereby diminishing the possibility of finding starting and end points. Eberly melds a space where materials are transformed for the amelioration of the whole program—not for the individual object.
Born in July 1970 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Clifford Eberly’s formative years were spent in public school. Art and soccer were essential, youthful pursuits. After receiving his B.F.A. in Fibers from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1992, Eberly apprenticed at the Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia prior to spending a pivotal, creative summer in Provincetown, M.A. Living in New York from 1995-2001, Eberly maintained an art practice and enrolled at Empire State College’s Studio in the City program. Fast forward to 2006, Eberly opened Parlor Gallery in Lancaster, PA where he partnered with emerging and under-represented regional and national artists to exhibit shows in an intimate residential space. In 2010, Eberly relocated to California and matriculated at the Claremont Graduate University. After receiving his M.F.A. in 2012, Eberly moved to Los Angeles where he currently lives and works. Daisy Chains is Eberly’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles.