Material is the message in Gallery CA’s The Space Between Us. Redefining the concept of abstraction through the lens of BIPOC artists, the exhibition, curated by Lily Xiao, features seven multimedia artists using unique forms of storytelling in their artwork to illustrate their lived experiences with personal metamorphoses, trust in community, and the nature of seeing and being seen.
Three-dimensional textures and desaturated color palettes are central to Xavier Hardison’s “Artifact 058.” Made with acrylic and sand on board, the piece depicts four abstract interpretations of the letter X, an eye, a butterfly, and a cross. Organized in pairs, the shapes feel harmonious due to their sharp and precise outlines and how each shape incorporates x’s into its design—a subtle nod to the artist’s first initial. But each shape’s unique color palette gives them a sense of individuality: For example, the butterfly’s outline is composed of burgundy, oranges, and brown, while the letter X transitions from cyan blue to beige and ends in light brown.
The differences and similarities allow the shapes to coexist and balance each other, similar to the four elements of nature. Artifact 058’s background, a simple plane for the dynamic shapes to inhabit, is a soft white with a three-dimensional pebbled texture created by the acrylic and sand mixture. The piece is balanced and full of personality, in addition to encapsulating Hardison’s interpretation of abstraction.