Alexa Williams and Crystal Gregory
We talk about beauty as a noun and as a voice, we talk about it as a name and as a prison. We work together, unraveling cables and mixing cement and talk about the color pink again and again. We watch each other move the wet concrete in the trough, we peel off layers and we talk about when we were girls. We ask each other when we put our armor on and we ask when we will take it off.
Crossover is a transformative installation between us, where we splice together our individual uses of concrete, steel cable and construction pigments to reconsider the inherent systems associated with industrial materials and where those relationships with the materials bring us closer as women. This project provides a window into our relationship with heavy duty materials where there is physical risk, but it is really about the risk of diving in together, the risk of releasing into our fragile fears and vulnerable soft spots. Crossover exposes the raw narrative arc of a female partnership where vulnerability and conviction gather.
We will begin our two month exhibition at Session with an initial installation where on two facing walls unraveled 1” thick steel cable will hang. Once separated into individual strands, the raw material retains a physical memory of its former shape- a kink of an individual holding its part of a whole system. The steel threads will hang in vertical lines, cascading onto the floor alongside chest-high concrete rings. During an evening of performance, we will use the steel’s kinked physical memory as a guide, gently reworking it into a new continuous cable that connects the two sides of the room, functioning as one powerful inverted arc of our coupling. Positioned on the floor the concrete rings reference the grounding functionality of our everyday urban landscape, but in the gallery context they signify inclusion and wholeness.
During the constantly evolving two month session we are dedicated to examining the truth of our vulnerable, fragile and strong art making practice and opening it up as a place of growth for the public. As the exhibition grows, we will rearrange the sculptural elements, creating new compositions and finished sculptures, cracked concrete rings dripping with pink, a tube fused from shattered glass around a ring of steel. We will hold public workshops and invite the community into the space where manipulation of everyday materials is a catalyst for the benefits communal labor.
In its final installation Crossover will include video pieces of us talking about and working on our project, a timelapse video and the finished sculpture, serving as relics of the metamorphosis that took place in the gallery.