San Diego

Eric Snell

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego | La Jolla

The work of Eric Snell, a 35-year-old artist from Guernsey, England, suggests a revival of process art: questions of how the work was made assert themselves throughout the exhibition. All of the pieces are simple in form and often exquisitely rendered. The largest body of work shown here was the burnt-wood drawings. When he arrived in La Jolla a week before the show, Snell spent a day gathering wood and local brush. Using these, he made three large-scale wall installations and several smaller drawings on paper. For each, he burned the wood with a torch, and then used the charred stick as his drawing tool. A new stick was needed for each new work. In the effort of making the image, each of the sticks wore down. Several of the works used the shortening of the stick as their subject. In Spiral, 1988, a forked stick was used as a compass to make the drawing, with one end placed at the center

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