Nicole Lenzi

Conglomerates
The spatial works Conglomerates bring together interests in non-traditional drawing, time, thought, and post minimalist sculpture. These small scale structures stem from the Eastern idea of non-hierarchy. They grow in relation to their environment and are composed of the various materials found in a space, opening them to a dialogue with their surroundings.

As in the Tao, "yielding to the feminine", the push and pull of opposites, is what perpetuates these works forward (and in turn the drawing activity). Contrasting shapes, textures and edges interplay at diverse angles in these constructions. Combinations of hard/soft, rough/smooth/, opaque/transparent materials are assigned genders.

Shadow lines are traced onto materials to form dialogues between the contrasts. Hand drawn marks flow over soft edges and bend and refract around hard ones. This action makes them extend them outward into the surrounding space.

The longer a Conglomerate exists in an environment, the more it shifts in form. This can happen when the viewer experiences it from different angles and/or through physical interventions.

Conglomerates reconsider how to see and make marks with the hand and body. The physical construction of these structures involves bending, lifting, and placing. Creating them is a consistent reminder of the relation of the body to the "marks" being made.

Current Series, Conglomerates (Progressions)-2D/3D
The current Conglomerate series, Progressions, are composed of cement slabs and plexiglass. The term relates to musical chord progressions produced over time to stir harmonies.

Made in relation to shifting sunlight and shadows, they are constructed  outside over the course of minutes or hours. Contrasting materials interplay in these structures. Cement slabs absorb the light while plexiglass reflects it, creating a moving linear drawing. Shadow lines are observed and recorded on and from materials to mark shadow movements and extend the drawing activity. These become metaphors for thought. Different stages are photographed to record unexpected alignments.

Progressions are reductive still lifes created from the digital images of Conglomerates. The darkest darks and lightest lights, along with a few shades in between, are recorded (from the images onto paper) to capture shadow alignments. This extends the 3D into 2D. The drawings become a query for how thoughts form; how they unfold, fragment, and then realign.