January 7 - March 5, 2022


January 7 – March 5, 2022. The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to present Attention to Loss, an exhibition of drawing, printmaking, and sculpture by Pecos Pryor. Attention to Loss is Pryor’s debut one person show in Santa Barbara, CA. 

Attention to Loss is a response to the question: “What do we do with our hands in grief?” In 2019 Pryor lost a family member to suicide, a family member to drug overdose, and went through a divorce.

Pryor comments: ” The art produced in this time has been physical, contemplative, full of mad and sad tears as well as loving ones. I have created traffic cones built from clay, concrete and fiberglass, and carved from wood, stone and plaster; drawings of single unmade beds; self portraits; woodcuts, etchings and mono prints derived from the imagery of sculptures and shadows; and monotonously colored full sheets of paper, dark space-no answers, but some color. With the inability to change tragedy, art making gives me something to do with my hands.”

Attention to Loss is about looking at the darkness and demanding something be given back. What that something is, is yet unsayable.”

Pecos Pryor earned his MFA in Printmaking from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and currently resides in Carpinteria, CA. He teaches Sculpture and 2D Design for Westmont College and Printmaking at Santa Barbara City College School of Extended Learning. Significant honors include the Francis William Vreeland Award in Art for 2018 and the Wendy Jane Bantam Graduate Exhibition Award. Attention to Loss is Pryor’s debut one person show in Santa Barbara, CA. 

Images shown:

After the Memorial: Cone 2020 monoprint on BFK paper.

Untitleable 2021 graphite, conte crayon, metallic crayon, pen, knife marks, fingernail scratches on BFK paper.

Medium Dark Gray: Colored Paper 2021, graphite on BFK paper