Lynda Benglis Fountain Locks Gallery

Pink Lady, 2013

tinted polyurethane fountain

95 x 30 x 27 inches

Lynda Benglis pleat Locks Gallery

Megisti II, 1984

bronze mesh and aluminum

77 x 53 x 18 inches

Lynda Benglis pleat Locks Gallery

Miata, 1986

bronze mesh, nickel and copper

64 x 36 x 12 inches

Lynda Benglis pleat Locks Gallery

Trippel II, 1989

stainless steel mesh, aluminum

72 x 52 x 15 inches

Lynda Benglis pleat Locks Gallery

Scarab, 1990

stainless steel mesh, aluminum

52 x 75 x 16 inches

Lynda Benglis pleat Locks Gallery

Toyopet Crown, 1989

stainless steel mesh and aluminum

66 x 59 x 13 inches

Lynda Benglis Locks Gallery

Terracotta Helmet, 1993
glazed ceramic
12 x 14 x 10 inches

Lynda Benglis ceramic Locks Gallery

Anagama 5, 1995

glazed ceramic

20 x 19 x 10 inches

Lynda Benglis ceramic Locks Gallery

Jicarilla, 1993

glazed ceramic

14 x 16 1/2 x 10 inches

Lynda Benglis Locks Gallery

Cantilevered Forced Bunch, 1993
glazed ceramic
27 x 17 x 15 inches

Lynda Benglis ceramic Locks Gallery

Early Stack, 1992

glazed ceramic

12 x 14 x 9 inches

Lynda Benglis ceramic Locks Gallery

Toltec "Q" Doll 'B', 1993

glazed ceramic

19 1/2 x 16 x 12 inches

Lynda Benglis Locks Gallery

Moving Black Gold, 1992
glazed ceramic
22 x 22 x 28 inches

Press Release

Locks Gallery is pleased to present Everything Flows, an exhibition of Lynda Benglis' pleated pieces and ceramic sculptures from 1980–1993. An illustrated catalog with an essay by Anna Chave will accompany the exhibition.

"What connects Benglis's metalized pleats and ceramic works, besides the sometimes shared device of the knot, is the spontaneous directness of her methods, as well as that affinity for fluid materials, which so readily articulate directness," Anna Chave notes in her essay for the accompanying catalog. Together, the selected works present a comprehensive view of Benglis' work and mindset during the 1980s and early '90s.

To create the Pleat pieces, Benglis manipulated fragments of folded mesh and sprayed them with liquid metal. The resulting angular exoskeletons are, "buoyantly, ebulliently, kinetically fluid-like giant, festively crinkled, artlessly tied bows undergoing their various twists, turns and knots," according to Chave. On view will be signature pieces made in aluminum and copper, as well as early works, often gilded in gold leaf, that recall folded fabric and open fans, Benglis' original inspirations for the series.

Benglis' approach to ceramic similarly embraces the performative potential of a malleable material. Her hand kneads and stretches the clay into tumbling forms that seemingly collapse into their own centers, loosely glazed in colors ranging from metallic blacks and vivid golds to earthier shades of red and ochre.

At the 1984 World's Fair in New Orleans, Lynda Benglis presented her first-ever fountain; since then she has consistently experimented with water trickling or pouring over her sculptural surfaces. During this exhibit, Benglis will install some of her most recent fountains both indoors and outdoors.

This is Lynda Benglis' fifth exhibit at Locks Gallery, and it is accompanied by the gallery's fourth catalog on her work.

Lynda Benglis
Artist
Lynda Benglis
Lynda Benglis in Interview Magazine
Writing
Lynda Benglis in Interview Magazine
March 2015

"Lynda Benglis" by John Baldessari 

Lynda Benglis: Artforum Critic's Pick
Writing
Lynda Benglis: Artforum Critic's Pick
June 8, 2013

"Lynda Benglis at Locks Gallery" by Becky Huff Hunter

Lynda Benglis: Everything Flows (1980-2013)
Publication
Lynda Benglis: Everything Flows (1980-2013)
Text by Anna Chave 2013