A General Record of Things Breaking Down
May 22 - June 30, 2007
San Francisco-based artist Christian Maychack constructs small- and large-scale sculptural objects from a variety of materials, challenging the normative relationships between object, space, and spectator. His pieces are often suggestive of functional objects, such as furniture, body parts, and building elements-but they also act as esoteric signifiers of abstract processes and physical gestures that can be continually reinterpreted.
Through a process that combines traditional sculpture with images that draw inspiration from evolutionary processes and 3D computer modeling, Maychack creates anthropomorphic pieces that appear to bubble through space with no fixed identity. Materials such as wood, drywall mud, gator foam, resin, Styrofoam, and latex paint routinely crop up in his work-in permutations that are simultaneously literal and allegorical, playful and sinister, disorienting and familiar.
Christian Maychack was born in upstate New York and lives and works in San Francisco. Maychack obtained his MFA in Studio Arts from San Francisco State University. His recent solo exhibitions include All the Slow Forces, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY, 2006; and From an Ocean of Subtle Collapse, Sirius Art Center, Cobh, Ireland, 2005. Group exhibitions include Exit Music (for a Film), Grimm Rosenfeld Gallery, Munich, Germany, 2007; and the California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, 2006. Distinctions include a 2006 Residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA, as well as a 2005 Residency at the Sirius Art Center, Cobh, Ireland. A permanent site-specific sculpture for UCSF at Mission Bay is planned for 2007. This is the artist's second solo show at Gregory Lind Gallery.
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A Slow Push Through, 2007
Plywood, Polystyrene Foam, Wire Mesh, Magic Sculpt, Paint
18 x 13 x 10 in.
An Alternate Scenario for a 2x4, #9, 2007
Douglas fir, Polystyrene Foam, Aqua Resin, Magic Sculpt, Paint
24 x 15 x 10' in.
A Thinnest of Betweens, 2006
MDF, Polystyrene Foam, Steel, Aqua Resin, Magic Sculpt, Paint
63 x 51 x 9 in.
Comings and Goings, 2006
Douglas Fir, MDF, Gator Foam, Drywall Mud, Magic Sculpt, Paint
All Together Now or The Inherent Capacity of a Woodpile, 2007
Wood, Polystyrene Foam, Wire, Magic Sculpt, Paint
126 x 32 x 26 in.