Lily Cox-Richard: Berm

September 27, 2018 - November 3, 2018
Recurring weekly on Thursday, Friday, Saturday
3400 Main Street | Houston, TX 77002
Contact: Jennifer Gardner
Phone: (713) 223-8346
Times: 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Admission: Free
Area of Town: Midtown
Free Admission: Yes

Lily Cox-Richard’s new sculpture installation inventively challenges social and material hierarchies related to labor, craft, and natural and man-made environments.Inspired by the concept of the berm, a term that refers to an artificially raised bank or ridge that may serve as a fortification line or a separation barrier, Cox-Richard’s new sculptures use reclaimed materials, crafted objects, and the space around them to push up against institutional frameworks and existing architecture to explore modes of viewing, perspective, and accessibility. Within the installation, concrete aggregates made from old bricks, oyster shells, and other debris have been ground down by the artist to reveal other facets of embedded structural systems.The exhibition takes place on the floor and in the bottom seventeen inches of the gallery, adhering to and highlighting the particulars of the MATCH building: finished wood flooring, ground-level windows, and a patterned brick walkway just outside. The view through the low windows, from the sidewalk, becomes the prime vantage point for the exhibition. Viewers are invited to further shift their perspective by looking through custom scopes, lying on a dolly, or simply taking a knee.This project expands Cox-Richard’s investigations into the relationships between natural resources, stewardship, labor, landscape, and the built environment in the rapidly developing area of Midtown Houston.

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