"Strange Attractors: New Work by Mark Baugh-Sasaki" shows January 18 - August 4, 2013 on the Kalmanovitz Sculpture Terrace, 3rd Floor. Open weekdays 9:00am-5:00pm.
a San Francisco native, unites elements of industrial and natural
landscapes in his sculptures in order to investigate the relationships,
adaptations, transformation and conflicts that arise in this hybrid
environment. Combining steel, fallen tree limbs and greywacke and
blueschist boulders, his sculptures range from organic arches and pods
to multi-spiked “stars” reminiscent of Medieval weaponry.
Strange Attractors: Mark Baugh-SasakiFor "Strange Attractors,"
Mark built on site to create a series of caged boulders that conform to
the space around them, making it look as if they were emerging from or
traversing the space. In the pieces, steel prosthetics support wood
cores, steel rods grow seductively around tree trunks and steel corsets
encase large stones. Baugh-Sasaki’s works put equal value on both
industrial and natural materials, suggesting a symbiotic relationship
between the two.
Think Andrew Goldsworthy meets Victor
Frankenstein, and you have Mark Baugh-Sasaki’s "Strange Attractors."
Jasmine Moorhead, director of Krowswork Art Gallery, states that
Baugh-Sasaki’s works "help the viewer navigate and find peace with the
juxtaposition of the natural and the man-made that is the reality of our
environment today....[it] demonstrates a nuanced and integrated
relationship to the constructed landscapes of our time."
Baugh-Sasaki attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he
studied photography and sculpture. He has exhibited his work at
numerous locations throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the Islip
Art Museum, New York; Geumgang International Art Center,
Chungcheongnam-do, Korea; Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito; and
Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco. He was recently awarded an
Honorary James Irvine Foundation Fellowship for his work at the Djerassi
Resident Artist Program in Woodside, CA. His public art sculpture
Adaptations was commissioned and installed at Patricia’s Green in Hayes
Valley, San Francisco, from July 2009 through January 2010. His most
recent solo exhibition, "The Civilized Wild," was presented by Krowswork