Ian L.C. Swordy: Hammer Time
743 N. La Brea Avenue
Nov 14, 12 PM - 6 PM — ends Dec 19, 2020
With a series of stone and woodworking traditions from the ancient world to American tramp art, self-compiled at his disposal, Ian L.C. Swordy filters his work through a ragged sieve of relentless and confrontational performativity. Here, a would-be motley crew of sculptural techniques unify under punk’s lasting entreaty to its adherents: find a guitar first, then figure out how to play it. Anchored by a longstanding conceptual practice that deemphasized the object and leaned toward feats of athletic resolve and endurance–culminating in his walk across America from New Haven to Venice Beach–Swordy considers materials’ relationship to time, labor, and durability. A sense of operative temporality persists; his sculptural objects, like his performances, suggest a triangular relationship between artist, viewer, and artwork, with duration connecting them all.