Gyöngy Laky: CROSSOVER
May 3 - June 2, 2012
Francisco, CA Cain Schulte Contemporary Art is pleased to
present Gyöngy Laky: "CROSSOVER".
In her first solo exhibition with the gallery, Gyöngy Laky will present a
series of work examining our complex relationship with nature.
Sculptural pieces containing words, letters, and symbols are made of painted and stained branches a
nd twigs combined with screws, nails, wires, and plastic figurines. This show will
feature a selection of work exploring on the transitional space between visual and
textual aspects of Laky's work, such as "Writing on the Wall", a grid of wooden objects
seemingly shifting between two symbolic information codes. The organic essence of the
natural wood contrasted with the spiky industrial elements draws upon the ambivalence
of the natural and artificial, organic and industrial, and encapsulate co-existing
feelings of violence and serenity, aggression and sanctuary.
Born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1944, Gyöngy Laky studied at UC Berkeley
where she earned both her B.A. and M.A. degrees (B.A., 1970 and M.A., 1971).
She has exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and
internationally in France, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland,
Hungary, Lithuania, Colombia, the Philippines, China, and England.
A past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a
Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Davis, Laky's work
is in museum collections in Europe and the United States, including the
San Francisco MOMA, The Smithsonian's Renwick Museum of American Art, the
Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum, and the Contemporary Museum
in Honolulu. The Smithsonian Institution is currently assembling a collection
of Laky's personal papers, photographs and documents for the Archives of American Art.
A reception for the artist will be held on May 3, from 5:30
to 7:30 pm.