LABOR is pleased to present the second solo exhibition of canadian artist Terence Gower, Free Association.
Terence Gower’s new exhibition with the gallery brings together a monumental outdoor sculpture, a painted frieze, seven new wall-sculptures, a series of gouache studies, and a room-size mobile, a recent commission from the IAC Villeurbanne in Lyon, France. The show is structured around a text the artist commissioned from Iranian psychoanalyst Gohar Homayounpour that describes a link between the intuitive artistic process and the Freudian analytical technique of free association. Gower has produced a new group of works extrapolated from the central work in the exhibition, the mobile Free Association, as well as from works in his 2012 exhibition at the gallery, Ottagono. These new works set up uncanny formal repetitions, triggering a sense of déjà vu as the viewer moves through the rooms of the gallery.
The central work in the exhibition, the mobile Free Association, is made up of 53 lacquered aluminum cutouts, suspended in a dense cloud over a group of furniture. The sofa, chair and table evoke either a waiting room or a psychoanalytic consulting room, but are rendered unusable by the mobile that hangs directly above them. The installation also references an earlier mobile of Gower’s, Noguchi Galaxy, shown in nearly the same spot in his 2012 exhibition. But in this new work it’s as if the earlier mobile has been atomized, and its shards and fragments, swirling in the air, have come to represent an earlier phase in the creative process. The piece operates as a 3D model of the intuitive process, picturing the maelstrom of dislocated forms, ideas, and memories, that eventually coalesce into a finished artwork. Free Association is made up of 4 groups of 5 strings of aluminum cutouts, each available in an edition of 2. In addition, the full installation—including furniture—is available as a unique work.