Objective Gallery Hosts a Solo Exhibition of Vincent Pocsik’s Work
“Watch the feet!” Vincent Pocsik warned the crew of some 10 people installing his 1-ton functional sculpture Cabinet Is Me. It arrived moments before his solo exhibition of the same name opened in October at Objective Gallery, a new Manhattan space cofounded by early thirtysomethings Chris Shao and Marc Jebara to showcase contemporary collections by emerging artists who push the boundaries of craftsmanship and innovative vision (think Charlotte Kingsnorth, Eny Lee Parker, Brecht Wright Gander).
Pocsik certainly fits that description: After he earned a master’s from SCI-Arc, he designed homes for five years to support the beginning stages of his Los Angeles studio, where his primary medium is wood—a material he believes “holds truths about the world”—that he carves by hand, CNC, and other digital fabrication methods into pieces that are often anatomical, at once beautiful and grotesque. The 14 works in the Objective exhibit have a domestic focus. “I think of each as an experiment in contemplating what is to be a human body in a home,” he says, thus the aforementioned feet on the cabinet and the Yard Playing table and the auricle-accented Ear Blooms sconces, all in black walnut. “When wood is in tree form, it’s collecting information about the world through its roots,” Pocsik says philosophically. “And since it’s a porous material, as it’s used in the home, it ends up collecting truths about you.”
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