Last evening was the show opening at the Cress Gallery of an exhibition by Ian Pedigo (pronounced, “eye-an”). An Alaskan native originally, he has since moved about and rooted himself in New York where he builds sculpture.

I was initially drawn to how he handles geometry within his work. Beyond the fact that the material he uses is primarily found, the subject matter of the work seems to be focused on nature juxtaposed with the urban environment, with which we are so familiar. An interesting point to make is that the materials used to create our vast urban environments are all made of natural resources that have been refined. The origin is the same however. Ian spoke directly about his process which is always interesting to hear because of the importance it holds in the physical creation of the work. “I arrange until forms emerge on their own.” The end result is abstract, but the process is influential.

“[There are] inherent possibilities within the materials themselves.”

Ian’s later work takes on another medium by searching through his repository of images, he scans and enlarges to accentuate the color separation of printed images. Again incorporating the theme of nature, Ian creates these installations resembling window panes, which abstract the already veiled image due to the quality in which it is printed. they are strikingly beautiful.


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