Eversley, Fred

Eversley, Fred

Presented by David Richard Gallery

Frederick John Eversley is a Los Angeles-based sculptor, one of a group of artists associated with the 1960's “L.A. Light & Space“ movement. Working out of a studio in Venice Beach, his sleek creations in poured acrylic polymers, stainless steel and bronze frequently take the form of disks, parabolas, helices and lenses. At first glance, the sculptures of Fred Eversley appear to be simple geometric forms: discs, parabolas, and triangular wedges. However, on further inspection, their subtleties and mysteries are revealed. All the three-dimensional works operate according to the optical principles of physics that determine the properties of lenses and mirrors. Even entirely solid forms appear to melt away either at the edges or through their centers. These pieces are alluring and seductive, drawing the viewer into them by reflecting back the image of the spectator. The resulting illusion is one of personal involvement of the spectator with the work of art, as compared to the traditional distance separating the viewer from the art object. Many of his sculptures incorporate parabolic curves that are found in a range of natural and man-made forms including suspension bridges, wind-blown sand dunes, and microwave reflectors, and Eversley is fascinated by their ability to concentrate and reflect energy into a single point. For Fred Eversley, energy concerns, both physical and metaphysical, are central to the quality of life for all of humanity and thus are an important and fertile area for artistic investigation and activity. Most of Eversley's attention, both intellectually and aesthetically, has involved using his art forms as an expression of energy. Fred Eversley was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1941, graduated from Brooklyn Technical High school and received a degree in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University). Postponing an opportunity to pursue medicine and bio-medical engineering, Eversley first came to Southern California for the exploding electronics and aerospace industry of the early 1960’s.

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