OPENING: Friday 3 February, 6-8pm
In late January Carroll Todd returns to David Lusk Gallery–Memphis. His new show, Soliloquy, is comprised of representational constructed bronze sculptures – often modeled on life but in the end based in illusion.
Todd uses precisely formed and welded sheet bronze to explore his child-like wonderment of nature in a manner clearly inspired by modernist sculpture. Starting with a sketch, and once the abstract and figurative elements are established on paper, the work evolves into a small maquette to engineer the effortless bends and folds the bronze assumes on a larger scale. Then he meticulously cuts, rolls, bends, forms and welds the sheet bronze. Finally, after application of patinas and wax, the result is precision, elegance and grace rarely found in metal works.
The show’s title, Soliloquy, speaks to Todd’s ability to animate his own language through the representation of everyday symbols. Some are easily understood for what they are – an insect or a fishing bob, however, some elements walk a fine line between representation and abstraction. In Wake, a powder blue base suggestive of water supports a large steamboat in profile. Two large, ominous smoke clouds extend from the boat, mimicking the curves of the water below. The cartoon nature of the image feels playful and childlike, however the darker reality of environmental repercussions soon set in.
Todd’s work is included in public collections at The Arkansas Arts Center, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Little Rock Airport, Rockefeller Center, Tennessee State Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art – Amsterdam. He is a graduate of Memphis College of Art and holds an MFA from Cornell University.
David Lusk Gallery is located at 97 Tillman. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10-5:30 and Saturday 11-4. For more information or visuals please contact Amelia Briggs at 901 767 3800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.