February 10 - March 4, 2018
Opening reception: Saturday, February 10, 6-9 pm
Closing party: Sunday, March 4, 1-5pm
Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays, 12-5 pm, except for Second Saturdays when hours are 6-9 pm.
new cast cement works
Footing - is a solid, stable, reliable barrier, whether it's acting as a foundation underpinning, a spiritual basis or a bulwark of resistance. It supports weight and is designed to absorb the forces that act upon it. Concrete is to building and making what flour and water is to baking - it's the most basic of elements stirred together to yield something entirely new and resolved. It is largely permanent and impervious to the natural world for many years.
The work in Footings derives from several sources. It picks up on a thread of creative activity from both my art world and real world experience. Working with concrete has not only served a utilitarian function for me (income, structure, personal use), it's conceptualization is significant in concise ways. The act of mixing, pouring or casting cement is a complete and satisfying experience. The forms that I discover in this work are simple cast bodies that represent both of these spheres and yet stand alone. This show is also dedicated to the memory of my father, Jack Niven, whose life in the construction industry and as a compassionate role model has informed the greater part of my work ethic and inquisitiveness about the world.