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Phenomenal Sculptures: Fred Eversley and the Art of Perception

February 11, 2016

Like Peter Alexander, De Wain Valentine, and other contemporaries in the Los Angeles-born Light and Space movement, Fred Eversley (born 1941) works with cast resin to create sculptures that explore the act of visual perception. Elegant and seductive, Eversley’s sculptures have simple geometric forms–concave discs, triangular wedges, and obelisks with parabolic curves, as in the present lot. But their true complexity is revealed in the manner in which these pieces capture, distort, and refract light, changing color and apparent shape as the viewer moves around them. What Eversley makes is not an object so much as a sensory experience. On February 21, 2016 LAMA will offer a resin sculpture by Eversley in its Modern Art & Design Auction.

Lot 210, Fred Eversley, Cathedral (1972)
Lot 210, Fred Eversley, Cathedral (1972)
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Born in Brooklyn, Eversley took an unusual path to his art, driven by curiosity, a restless intellect, and an experimental turn of mind. Eversley graduated with an engineering degree from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) in 1964 and moved that year to California to participate in the booming aerospace and electronics industry. Like so many transplants before him, Eversley was quickly captivated by the sea, sun, and sky, as well as the rich and groovy cultural scene in L.A.’s Venice Beach. There, he began work on what he has called “art informed by science and technology.” He has maintained a studio in the neighborhood ever since.

Eversley’s first solo museum show was mounted by the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1970. “I am involved with using art as a phenomenon,” he wrote in an artist’s statement for the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where he worked as an artist-in-residence for three years beginning in 1977, keeping a studio in the National Air and Space Museum. “I am dealing with real energies, forces, space, time, and matter.”

“Frederick Eversley.” Pacific Standard Time at the Getty Center. The Getty Center, 01 Oct. 2011. Web. 09 Jan. 2016. Frederick Eversley/American Art. Smithsonian American Art Museum, n.d. Web. 09 Jan. 2016.

Lot Information:

Lot 210
Fred Eversley
Cathedral
1972
3-color cast polyester resin
Together with two exhibition catalogues, card from the artist, two gallery mailers, and other ephemera
19″ x 7.5″ x 4.75″
Illustrated: Frederick Eversley. Santa Barbara Museum of Art exh. cat. 1976. #24. (erroneous date listed)
Exhibited: “Frederick Eversley,” traveling exhibition, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, April 30-May 30, 1976; Oakland Museum, February-March 1977; Newport Harbor Art Museum, December 10, 1976-January 23, 1977
Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

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