Fred Eversley (b. 1941, Brooklyn, New York) is a key figure in the development of contemporary art from Los Angeles during the postwar period. Now based in New York after living and working in Venice Beach, California for over fifty years, Eversley synthesizes elements from several art historical movements associated with Southern California, including Light and Space, though his work is the product of a pioneering vision all his own, informed by lifelong studies on the timeless principles of light, space, time, and gravity.

Prior to his becoming an artist, Eversley was an engineer who collaborated with NASA and major aerospace companies in designing high-intensity acoustical testing laboratories for the second and third human spaceflight programs, Gemini and Apollo. This experience helped develop his interest in the parabola: the only shape that concentrates all forms of energy to a single focal point, which he began when he was as a teen.

His pioneering use of plastic, polyester resin, and industrial dyes and pigments reflects the technological advances that define the postwar period even as his work reveals the timeless inner workings of the human eye and mind. Eversley’s abstract, three-dimensional meditations on color—including the luminous parabolic lenses, for which he is best known—entice the viewer to approach, prompting questions about how the biological and optical mechanics of sight determine how we see and understand each other, and communicating a kinetic, palpable sense of the mysterious presence of energy throughout the universe.

Fred Eversley: Parabolic Light, Eversley’s first public artwork in resin, and also in New York, is on view through August 25, 2024, at Doris C. Freedman Plaza in Central Park. Eversley will unveil his largest Public Commission to date, a sculptural installation, titled ‘Portals’, for permanent display in ‘Julian Able Park’, at One Flagler, West Palm Beach in fall of 2024.

He has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Orange County Museum of Art, Costa Mesa, California (2022–2023); Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts (2017); Art + Practice, Los Angeles (2016); National Academy of Science, Washington, D.C. (1981); Palm Springs Art Museum, California (1977); Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California (1976); and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1970).

Eversley will be part of two major group shows as part of the Pacific Standard Time Art and Science Collide program 2024. Recent group exhibitions include Light and Space, Copenhagen Contemporary, Copenhagen (2021–2022); Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983 (2017–2020, traveled to five venues); Space Shifters, Hayward Gallery, London (2018); Dynamo – A Century of Light and Motion in Art, Grand Palais, Paris (2013); Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980 (Getty Foundation, 2011; traveled to Gropius Bau, Berlin, 2012).

His work is in the permanent collections of more than three dozen museums throughout the world, including Tate Modern, London; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas; Museum of Modern Art, New York; K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The first monograph dedicated to Eversley’s work was published by David Kordansky Gallery in 2022. Eversley lives and works in New York City.

Fred Eversley | Untitled (cylindrical lens), 2023 | Cast polyurethane | 83 ¾ x 19 x 8 ½ in. Photo by Tom Powel Imagining | Courtesy of the artist and David Kordansky Gallery | © Fred Eversley

 

 “For over five decades I have followed Venice Family Clinic’s dedication and success in making a difference in the health of our community. Its mission resonates with me personally; like many artist friends and colleagues, I utilized the Clinic’s services for many years. It was then and continues to be an invaluable resource. My work has always centered around the notion that we are all connected to the same source of energy—the sun—and that caring for others is a vital contributing link in a chain which can help unite our shared values in an unbalanced world. Looking through the Cylindrical Lenses, we see ourselves and others according to new perspectives, revealed in a unifying light.”
– Fred Eversley

VENICE FAMILY CLINIC ART WALK + AUCTION
SIGNATURE ARTISTS

Each year, the Curatorial Committee of Venice Family Clinic Art Walk + Auction honors an artist or artists who exemplifies the spirit of the event, a devotion and dedication to the artistic community and the people the Clinic serves.

2024
Fred Eversley
2023
Charles Gaines
2022
Andrea Bowers
2021
Mary Weatherford
2020
Frank Gehry
2019
Laura Owens + Gary Steinborn
2018
Alexis Smith
2017
Barbara Kruger
2016
Analia Saban + Guy Dill
2015
Alison Saar + Allen Ruppersberg
2014
Cameron Grey + Don Bachardy
2013
Larry Bell + John Van Hamersveld
2012
David Trulli
2011
Eddie Ruscha
2010
Gwynn Murrill
2009
Kenny Scharf
2008
Kenny Harris
2007
Gajin Fujita
2006
Raymond Pettibon
2005
Patssi Valdez + Robert Graham
2004
Laddie John Dill + Robbie Conal
2003
Tom Wudl + Scott Grieger
2002
Ken Price + Matt Groening
2001
Mark di Suvero
2000
Astrid Preston + Richard Serra
1999
David Hockney
1998
Joe Goode + Caryl Davis
1997
Karen Carson
1996
Ed Moses + Gronk
1995
Chuck Arnoldi + Carol Doumani
1994
Tony Berlant + Renee Petropoulos
1993
Betye Saar + Sam Francis
1992
John Baldessari + Peter Shire
1991
Lita Albuquerque + Sylvia Salazar Simpson
1990
Peter Alexander + Jeffrey Vallance
1989
Richard Diebenkorn + Laddie John Dill
1988
Ed Ruscha + Michelle Roberts
1987
Jonathan Borofsky
1986
Sandra Mendehlson
1985
Rubin Carlos Almaraz
1984
Billy Al Bengston
1983
David Hockney
1982
Sam Francis
1981
Helen K. Garber + Kwaku Alston + Lynda Lester-Slack + Aline Smithson + Robert Sturman

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