What Is My Work About?
My art practice begins as a basic counterpoint to my own expectations. Rather than coming to sculpture with a clear design that I’ve prepared to execute, I immerse myself in an active dialogue with the materials I feel drawn to. This process inspires future forms, continually raising questions whose answers are revealed over time.
A device is helpful in the way it effectively changes the way we think about ordinary things. A kitchen sink faucet, with a retractable hose, allows tap water to be contained and redirected.
Water manipulated out of a faucet changes how water is perceived – how it is seen and experienced. Sculpture has the ability to disrupt perceptions of architectural sameness, inherent material purposes and civilized repetition: a squiggle turns upward and levels out over there, a three-dimensional brush stroke is a graphic gesture laid over a natural surface, like thick stage makeup on a clean face.
By forcing thin planks of cedar through a wood steaming process, curved wood remnants are manipulated into unpredictable inquiries. Applying paint adds gesture, following the movements of each board’s form, resulting in shapes removed from their material and positioned to disrupt your expectations, replacing realness with a cartoon verisimilitude.
MFA University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA2000
BFA Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA
“Stairs Into My Eyes” curated by Dianna Molzan at Finley Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“A Public Fiction at The Hammer Museum/Tragedy + Time at Public Fiction” curated by Lauren Mackler and Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer at The Hammer Museum and Public Fiction, Los Angeles, CA
“Rural Sculpture” at Reserve Ames, Los Angeles, CA
“Herbert Charmondele Presents” Neal Bashor and Vernon Price at Pieter Space, Los Angeles, CA
“Collective Show LA” Neal Bashor and Daughters of Warlords curated by Jeff Ono at Artist Curated Projects, Los Angeles, CA
“Untitled” Roski MFA Gallery at USC, Los Angeles, CA2005
“Record” Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA
2004“Neal Bashor” Gallery4Culture, Seattle, WA
“Studio Opening” 1506 Projects, Seattle, WA