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Devin Farrand at Ochi Projects


From KCRW’s Lindsay Preston Zappas:

Stepping off of busy Washington Boulevard and into Devin Farrand’s exhibition, at Ochi Gallery is like entering a hush-filled chapel. In “Felled Forms,” three large aluminum panels dominate the space with gold hues that subtly give way to pinks and greens as you move past them.

The scale of the work creates a meditative field that encompasses your field of vision, while the minimal aesthetic becomes a mechanism for highlighting the subtle variances between each panel. Farrand works with local finishers to apply a “chromate conversion coating” to the panels. This is an industrial process that serves as a corrosion inhibitor (think of the finishing on an iridescent gold screw, for instance) that coats the aluminum in luminescent and color-shifting hues.

Though Farrand provides identical panels to the finishers, each comes back with small variances that point to the human touch that is necessary in industrial processes. In one work, “Headland,” two panels are stacked, and each contains unique marks, one gestural and irregular, the other more mechanical and occurring in horizontal striations. The artist informed me that these variations are simply due to each finisher’s unique method of drying the panel with an air hose after being plated, pointing to the unique human gestures behind industrial labor.

Farrand hopes that his exhibition will provide a peaceful reprieve for people to come and recharge. He says, “I wanted to create an exhibition you could move into, not away from, something generous that lets you in, without direction, as a restorative gesture. … The scale and warm hues of the work wrap you up like a thunder blanket.”

On view: August 8–September 26, 2020 (open by appointment)