[Melanie Acevedo photo of Kelly Wearstler's vignette, Domino, October 2008.]
In a comment on the previous post, Balsamfir speculated that the trend toward large, and often dramatic, lamps seen during the last 10 years may have had something to do with our visual craving for sculpture.
This made me pay more attention to all sorts of decorative pieces that may not be fine art but nonetheless bring a certain depth to a room. For example, I've always gravitated to boxes, which can sometimes be quite sculptural, and to animal figures. Sculpture is such a dominant element in Kelly Wearstler's projects that I think many design junkies are aware of it there, however I know I'm guilty of being less tuned in to more subtle uses of the sculptural. My art studies always focused most on painting and drawing, and my personal passion is textile design. Guess you could say my world has been flat.
[Photo courtesy Lisa Borgnes Giramonti.]
For January, I've given myself an assignment: look for the sculptural at every turn and start refreshing my memory of the numerous sculptors I learned about in art history classes and at museums.
[Melanie Acevedo photo of artist Konstantin Kakanias' house as seen in House & Garden; picture below also by Acevedo.]
[Below, Kathryn Ireland's design for House Beautiful's 2003 showhouse benefiting Children's Action Network.]
[Below, Peter Dunham's design for House Beautiful's 2003 showhouse benefiting Children's Action Network.]
Whether three dimensional or two, there is plenty to explore this season. In February at Cole Pratt Gallery, an exhibition of sculptures and drawings by Sylvaine Sancton will open. Sancton's work incorporates various media, including bronze, cast glass, stone, and wood.
[Sylvaine Sancton, Horse, 15.75" x 17.5 x 6", bronze.]
Throughout 2009 we checked in with Shannon Morris, museum curator at Georgia College, as she put together the soon-to-open contemporary art exhibition, Transitive Geographies.
[Annie Butrus, Peach Tree Trail: 4 Winter Culp ’07, 28” x 50” x 1.5”, acrylic on panel, 2009.]
[Annie Butrus, Shadow Study 1, 21”x62.5”, ink wash on paper, 2009.]
[Annie Butrus, Parade of Homes Greystone Trees, 11”x 14”, oil on panel, 2001.]
Shown here is a sneak peek at just a few of the pieces to be on view. In all, 21 works including paintings, ink drawings, photographs and mixed media installations from artists Annie Kammerer Butrus (Birmingham, Alabama), Cynthia Farnell (Conway, South Carolina), Donna Mintz (Atlanta, Georgia), and Michel Varisco (New Orleans, Louisiana) will be featured.
[Michel Varisco, City Park 4, digital dye pigment print on vinyl, 8’4” x 6’11”, 2008.]
[Cynthia Farnell, Tobacco, 79” x 39”, pigment print on silk, 2009.]
Here is an excerpt from Morris' statement about the show:
As the South continues to transition from its agrarian past into an increasingly industrial future, the region that served as the setting for the novels and the short stories of renowned writers like Kate Chopin, William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor and Walker Percy has become a fractured remnant of its past. While the loss of this bygone era receives mixed reviews from natives, newcomers and observers, the landscape remains a creative inspiration for both writers and visual artists. Featuring the works of four female contemporaries, "Transitive Geographies" seeks to understand this transition that reveals itself upon the landscape and along the waterways of the region by connecting the past to the present through imagery and relics. Their visions reference a region where a sense of place is connected fervently to identity.
[Donna Mintz, Lighting the Sun, installation comprised of found glass objects, 2007- present.]
Following the Georgia College premier in January, Transitive Geographies will travel to the Rebecca Randall Bryan Gallery on the campus of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina where it will be on display from July 15 to August 27, 2010, and then to the Alabama School of Fine Arts’ Vulcan Materials Gallery in Birmingham, Alabama.
Again, an opening reception is scheduled to take place at the end of the month on January 28, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at GCSU in Milledgeville, Georgia, and the show will continue there until May 8.