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Sculpture with a vibe

From clay to toy darts, just about any material goes at Huntington Beach Art Center's new exhibit.

October 28, 2013|By Rhea Mahbubani
  • Evan Holloway's "#72" at the Huntington Beach Art Center's presentation of Reverberation, an exhibition of contemporary art.
Evan Holloway's "#72" at the Huntington… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

Growing up, Christian Tedeschi fancied getting into trouble. He didn't harm himself or others, but flaunted a short attention span and flagrant disregard for authority.

And then he welcomed the punishment, be it a time-out at home or day-long suspension at school.

Closed into his bedroom, away from prying eyes, he drew for hours on end. One day, he swapped the permitted pen and paper for a block of clay — and then just couldn't stop designing.

In retrospect, he said, that moment altered the course of his life.

"I really gravitated to the illogical," said Tedeschi, 39, whose first piece was a John Lennon head in which the musician's hair covered his nose, mouth and other facial features. "I wasn't a good student except for my art classes and poetry — I enjoyed that. And, it became a coping mechanism or a way to deal with life in a different way."

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Domestic elements and common objects, such as Saran Wrap, bicycle wheels, blinds and even a Superman costume, continue to star prominently in Tedeschi's work. Whether employing fabricated or discarded materials, he finds that his work occupies a "strange space between utilitarian objects and nature."

"A lot goes through my mind when I'm making things, and I don't know if that's what people see, but I embrace that," Tedeschi said.

The Los Angeles resident is one of nine artists — many of whom are professors or have taught at some point in their lives — on display at the Huntington Beach Art Center through Dec. 14. Curated by Andre Woodward, "Reverberation" features over 30 pieces that reflect the influence of contemporary thought on visual art, namely sculpture.

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Reality and illusion

Woodward, 36, of Fullerton, picked exhibitors who either taught him in a classroom setting or impacted his aesthetic through their imagination and finesse. Under his supervision, colorful artwork and photographs that provided inspiration for 3-D creations mingle with objects, large and small, that play up the available light and space.

The show's name comes from the title of a 13th Floor Elevators song, which was later recorded by ZZ Top and the Jesus and Mary Chain.

"The song has been covered by other musicians, so it deals with the idea of inspiration," Woodward said. "Also, the word 'reverberation' lends itself to influence because something reverberates over time and influences other things."

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