March 1, 2015


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Lot 23: Lloyd Hamrol

Lot 23: Lloyd Hamrol

Green Piece (One Up One Down)

c. 1969
Formica and wood
30" x 12" x 6" (dimensions adjustable)
Together with copy of receipt from the artist
Provenance: Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the artist, 1969)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $3,750
Inventory Id: 17922

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The sculptor Lloyd Hamrol (b. 1937) came of age in the vibrant, free- wheeling, and highly-charged art world of Los Angeles in the 1960s, as the city established its identity as a major crucible of contemporary art. Through his studio work, Hamrol made a name as a creator of conceptual installations. Along with Llyn Foulkes and Tony Berlant he was presented with the New Talent Purchase Award by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and was subsequently featured in their 1965 exhibition "Five Younger Los Angeles Artists." At the same time, Hamrol was active in "situational" art events and installations—ephemeral, provocative, participatory, often political creations and "happenings"—working with fellow artists such as Claes Oldenburg, Mark di Suvero, and Judy Chicago, to whom Hamrol was married from 1969 to 1979.

The present lot, Green Piece (One Up One Down) &40;c. 1969), is closely related to a work Hamrol showed in his installation, "5 X 9," originally exhibited in Los Angeles in 1966_ at the fabled Rolf Nelson Gallery. Using the basic unit of rectangular laminate-on-wood columns, Hamrol devised five articulated "modules," which he then configured into nine discrete assemblages, or "sets." The ensemble, Hamrol wrote when the exhibition was remounted at Cardwell Jimmerson Contemporary Art in Culver City, CA, in 2010—was intended "to pose certain questions about the nature and definition_ of sculpture in the form of a user-friendly object … . [E]ach modular set was an embodiment of my idea of indeterminacy (uncertainty); each set could represent the concept, and the narrative could be told through a folding-unfolding game played by the viewer."

Since the 1970s, Hamrol has worked primarily in the field of public art. His architectural and environmental sculptures—which have been commissioned for sites across the country—include Uptown Rocker in Los Angeles, Gyrojack in Seattle, and Pier Plaza Amphitheater in Huntington Beach, CA. Hamrol's work is included in the permanent collections of LACMA, the Smithsonian Institute, and the Laguna Art Museum.

Drohojowska-Philp, Hunter. Rebels In Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s. New York: John Macrae Book/Henry Holt, 2011. Print. Hamrol, Lloyd. " '5 X 9'; Artist's Exhibition Notes." Cardwell Jimmerson Contemporary Art (2010): n.pag. Web. 9 Dec. 2014. Tuchman, Maurice. Five Younger Los Angeles Artists: Tony Berlant, Melvin Edwards, Llyn Foulkes, Lloyd Hamrol, Philip Rich, Contemporary Art Council New Talent Purchase Award Recipients 1963–1965. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1965. Print.