Untitled (parabolic lens), (1969), 2020

Fred Eversley is a key figure in the ‘Light and Space Movement’ that developed in Los Angeles in the 1960s. His work is based on lifelong studies on the principles of light, space, time, and gravity. Before becoming an artist, Eversley was an engineer who collaborated with NASA. It was during this time that Eversley became interested in the parabola: the only shape that concentrates all forms of energy to a single focal point. His pioneering use of plastic, polyester resin, and industrial dyes reflects the technological advances that define the post-war period. His parabolas- for which he is best known - operate according to the principles of physics that determine the properties of lenses and mirrors. Entirely solid forms appear to melt away either at the edges or through their centres. Alluring and seductive, the parabolic lens draws in the viewer by reflecting back the image of the spectator.