James Ciosek: Opalescent Order

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This May, Zoya Tommy Gallery will succumb to total chaos! Sculptor James Ciosek will unveil his new series “Opalescent Order” as a solo-exhibition opening Saturday, May 7th. The event will consist of works not previously shown, and represents his re-emergence after a two year hiatus from exhibiting.

Artist’s reception: Saturday, May 7th from 6pm-8pm
On view: May 7th 2016 to May 28th 2016
Where: Zoya Tommy Gallery 4102 Fannin St., Houston, TX 77004

Chaos is the law of the Universe. All things, from the smallest quantum particles to the churning galactic fires of Space, swirl in chaotic patterns, which defy predictability. In imitation of nature, sculptor James Ciosek captures the action and beauty of universal chaos on colored translucent films and then molds the outcome into internally lighted works of art that are mystical, psychedelic, and atmospheric. “People have commented that I have covered a lot of ground in a short time with my presentation formats. It’s symptomatic of my love of multiple techniques and medias. I started with the vision to create sculptural mass made entirely out of light,” says the artist.

James Ciosek singes colored plastic films with fireworks, and arranges them in layers, creating what he calls “opal skin.” This leathery material is back lit to a gem-like brilliance, producing a speckled, veined, and wrinkled topography, reminiscent of images of Outer Space. Ciosek covers a myriad of forms with the fire-scarred film. Light boxes, vacuum formed plexiglass, wire armatures, and plasma cut steel screens are composed into a variety of organic and inorganic shapes. Some pieces are wall-mounted, others freestanding.

Thematically, James Ciosek questions our role as generators and arbiters of what may be an entirely holographic existence. In the artist’s view, everything is whirling chaos, and the idea of order is an illusion perpetrated by our five senses. The sculptures subject the viewer to an inkblot test, exploiting the tendency of the eye to find figurative elements where none were intended.

A hands on, mostly self-taught, mixed media sculptor, James Ciosek lives and works in Houston, Texas. Ciosek’s third solo show in Houston, “Opalescent Order” follows his interactive “Human Hamster Wheel,” and “Constructed Chaos” series that critic Robert Boyd respectively lauded as “inherently fun,” and “a pretty magical experience”. Ciosek was also recently awarded a Windgate Fellowship at Urban Glass, NYC. James Ciosek is represented in Houston by Zoya Tommy.

Zoya Tommy Gallery is committed to exhibiting artwork that reflects the fascinating culture of today’s society as well as offering competing ideas about contemporary art using a variety of themes.

Artist’s reception: Saturday, May 7th from 6pm-9pm
On view: May 7th 2016 to May 28th 2016
Where: Zoya Tommy Gallery 4102 Fannin St., Houston, TX 77004
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