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Hard Wired by Tory Cowles

  • Touchstone Gallery 901 New York Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)

#1040 (Sculpture and Dance Performance): Tire fragment, corrugated metal roofing, chain link fencing, fragment of wire reinforced concrete, small metal objects, daughter. The installation is 8’ tall, 10’ wide and 3’ deep.

On display January 3 - 30, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 5, 4 - 6pm
Meet the Artist: Saturday, January 19, 4 – 6pm with an Artist Talk at 4pm.

Hard Wired by Tory Cowles

Come wear the body sculptures and join the dancers at her reception!

Tory Cowles is represented by Touchstone Gallery, a resident artist in Studio 7 at Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory, and an abstract painting instructor at Glen Echo Park’s Yellow Barn.  Her sculptures are symphonies of color, texture and shape that express her fierce joy in life. Her work evolves out of a spontaneous abstract expressionist process which depends on the rawness of the materials, the unexpectedness of the composition, and the mystery of how materials are transformed.  Tory’s work expresses how she sees the world – dangerous, ancient, raw, out of control – but also interesting, unexpected, new and magnificent.

Many of her materials are found on her and her husband’s organic farm – portions of tractor tires, corrugated roofing, copper piping, chain link fencing - and are transformed by their juxtaposition with opposites – fine fabrics and lace, shiny plexiglass, and lithe human bodies.  A blown-out truck tire with exposed sharp stainless steel wires becomes feathery and graceful when placed on top of a polished southern pine pedestal. Corrugated roofing looks mysterious and exotic when worn by a lithe dancer.

Tory tries to bring joy into the world by transforming everyday objects into something mysterious, maybe humorous, intriguing, and beautiful.

#990: Three kinds of metal roofing - copper, corrugated, and steel, burned wire, metal fencing, 76”x 50”x 22”