Angels Gate Cultural Center helped to inspire Moore’s exhibition, as the centre sits “on the brink” both literally and figuratively, perched on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific, and breaking new ground in the arts. On the Brinkshowcases the work of two artists, Angel King and Everett Babcock, both of whom explore the edges of tension, trauma, beauty and social consciousness. “It has been thrilling to bring together this jarring yet deeply moving collection of work from these two emerging artists,” said Moore.
Primarily a sculptor, King works with found materials that some might view as trash to construct work that is deeply personal and considered. Mining material from her life, she creates pieces that at first remind us of the possibilities of childhood, bedroom furniture and stuffed animals, then forces the viewer to come to grips with a darker confrontation of the reality of the work, and of her world. A fourth-year undergraduate student, King received a UCLA Department of Art and School of the Arts and Architecture scholarship award.
Babcock, a multi-media art maker, student of art at UCLA and scholarship recipient, creates drawings, photographs, and small sculpture as well as video pieces that are visually compelling and refined in their construction. Many of the drawings include collaged materials and text work requiring the viewer to carefully ingest the images.