Gluon is pleased to present the group show, Bodies; Residual Tools and Instruments, featuring works by Laura Figa, Sarah H. Reynolds, and Candice Davis, artists based in San Francisco, Chicago, and Minneapolis, respectively.
Postminimalist works present the human form through indirect means of varying degrees, a kneecap emerges from plaster, an arrangement of cranial cut-outs on a board. The ontology of these pieces is in the artists’ relationship to bodies both as an abstract subject of reference, and a literal acknowledgement of the physicality of one’s identity. The sparse installation of entirely achromatic work resets the focus of the exhibition on the viewer. At once allowing them to relate to the bodily residue present in the gallery and introspect while being surrounded by tools, instruments, and fragments.
Laura Figa’s Rest Index is the shoulder rest of a violin with index tabs referential to an encyclopedia she aptly refers to as “strophes” (the first section of an ancient Greek choral ode or of one division of it). Subtle references of handheld ergonomics continue in Sarah Reynold’s quietly violent Grip, in the form of two iron forms cast from the negative of a clenched fist. Perhaps the most overt work in the exhibition comes from Candice Davis’ recent body of work, Targets, Weapons which recognizes the inherited trauma of families that had been brought to America as slaves. Works shown comprise a board with multiple head holes, a set of spurred bilboes, and a two-sided branding iron bearing the artist’s initials.
LAURA FIGA is based in San Francisco and has received an MFA from California College of the Arts. She has exhibited work in San Francisco at 500 Capp Street, PS8, and Bass And Reiner to critical acclaim. Additionally, Figa has been a member of the art collective Tropical Contemporary in Eugene, Oregon and has been part of group exhibitions at Oregon Supported Living Program, Massman Gallery (Oakland, CA), CEU Outpost 1000 (Corvallis, OR), and Johalla Projects (Chicago, IL). Her work has been published in Artforum.com (2019) and she has won numerous awards while at CCA.
SARAH H. REYNOLDS is based in Chicago and has received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited work at Comfort Station, Apparatus Projects, and The Overlook in Chicago. Her work has been exhibited in NYC and Brooklyn, at venues such as Cheryl Hazan Gallery, Philip Bloom Gallery, Cheim & Read, StoreFront at Ten Eyck, Judith Charles, Theodore:Art, Front Room, and the National YoungArts Foundation at Art Basel, Miami. Sarah’s work has been published in the Huffington Post, Art Nerd, The Guardian, Art Fuse, Bushwick Daily, and Refinery29. In addition to her art practice, Sarah co-hosts the podcast This Moment Here with fellow Chicago artist Madeleine Finley as a way to continue the dialogue of what’s happening in Chicago’s contemporary art scene.
CANDICE DAVIS is based in Minneapolis and has received a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She has exhibited work at Public Functionary, Why World Gallery, and The Soap Factory in Minneapolis, MN. Candice has also been a resident at The Soap Factory and has exhibited in the Reynolds Gallery at Texas A&M University Her work has been published on MNArtists.org (2017) and Vice.com (2017)