Jan. 19 2016 06:06 PM

Beth King show at HB Punto Experimental stresses functionality of shape-based sculpture

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Invisible Geometry
Gary Conaughton Photography

In this semi-regular department, arts editor Seth Combs reviews a notable new art show or exhibition.


Go down an alley in Barrio Logan and you might encounter any number of adventures: a barking dog, some inspired graffiti or—if you turn right down the alley on Evans Street just before Logan Avenue—you'll hopefully notice HB Punto Experimental. The gallery space currently houses a new exhibition from local sculptor Beth King. Invisible Geometry includes an emphasis on minimalism when it comes to the pieces themselves, but that doesn't prevent them from seeming like they're too big for the quaint space.

It's clear King is inspired by geometric form. Lines are intersected to create illusory effects, but without coming across as novelty. Rather, King's work attempts to make clear statements on the materials' functionality and purpose. A lot of patience and persistence went into the design and making of the works, as well as into the installation process. When I spoke with her after the show she said simply of the new sculptures: "I'm working with the natural physical characteristics of my glass, and subjecting it to the natural physical forces of our world. I hope that seeing these forces within the structure of my sculpture, viewers are led to personal philosophical reflections applicable to their daily lives. The strength to survive stress. The reality of what is invisible. The complexity of simplicity. The active nature of what appears quiescent. Things like that."

Yes, things like that. Invisible Geometry is the type of exhibition where the viewer leaves and isn't able to see the world in quite the same way again. I realize that might sound hyperbolic, so let me be more clear: It's the type of exhibition that doesn't blatantly inspire catharsis (although it's quite inspired), but rather, by reintroducing a familiar material in such a distinct way it reinvigorates and reignites the viewer's sense of symmetry. The whole world is made up of lines and angles and I'd like to think that viewers of this show will leave with a newfound appreciation with what happens between point A and point B.

Photos by Gary Conaughton

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