On July 18, join me on an exploration through the artifacts of craftsman Clare Graham, a hunter and gatherer of found materials that become fantastical creations. At MorYork Gallery, junk materials are reincarnated as wondrous sculptures.
Behind an unassuming facade of a nondescript building in Northeast Los Angeles, Graham's mind-blowing studio is chock full of curios crafted from recycled materials. Originally built as a Safeway grocery market and subsequently used as a roller rink and slot car venue, the building stood empty and derelict before MorYork Gallery took up occupancy in 1986.
Sourced from flea markets, estate sales, and sometimes even the curb, the raw materials are anything but random. Be they puzzle pieces, pop tabs, buttons, doll heads, or swizzle sticks, they serve as the primary inspiration for the final works.
Graham also has an affinity for Scrabble tiles, domino pieces, and paint-by-numbers – anything that can create a mosaic with a message. Each piece carries its own genetic code, and transmits a kind of vicarious memory of a life perhaps lived in a parallel universe.
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