Fred Eversley was an electronic engineer who turned curiosity and experimentation into sculptures that capture his fascination with light and energy. His work beautifully merges art and science in a practice that’s defined by trial and error.
His career mirrors the evolution of California’s post-war technological boom that sprang from defense contracting and aerospace engineering in the 1940s and ’50s. In the 1960s Eversley moved west from New York to work for Wyle Laboratories and he eventually settled in Venice, which was a nexus of creative expression that nurtured the careers of Light and Space peers Larry Bell and James Turrell. Venice’s creative energy, people, and weather informed Eversley’s practice that harnesses light and energy within his work.
Eversley’s latest solo show called Chromospheres at David Kordansky Gallery features works 50 years in the making. As I looked at the title list from the show, each piece featured two dates, one between 1969 – 1974 and the other, 2018. Apparently the pieces were conceptualized at the earlier date and finally realized in 2018 when materials needed for their fabrication were more readily available.