Opened September 13, 2008
An outstanding collection of contemporary clay sculpture will go on view at MudFire Gallery in Compositions. On exhibition will be large sculptures, smaller work and wall installations, all available for sale. This collection features artists from across the Southeastern United States, including Jorie Berman, Naomi Dalglish, Mary Fischer, Erik Haagensen, Asia Mathis and Holden McCurry. The show opens Saturday, September 13 and continues through October 4, 2008.
Images of individual works for this past exhibit are not available.
More About Compositions
Compositions explores some of the most fascinating themes of contemporary sculpture. Issues of self, our environment and our history are addressed and confronted in what may be the most malleable yet enduring medium available to sculptors. The subjects and ideas each of the sculptures express are as diverse as the artists represented.
Asia Mathis, known for her gracious animal forms, pods of poetry and mysterious boxes, exudes a strong connection to all things earth. Her works are rich in content and invite speculation and contemplation while offering some wisdom, a little humor, and inspiration to purposely seek out the natural world and help preserve it.
Erik Haagensen's rock formations calmly yet forcefully speak of geology, the passage of time and the forces of erosion which, at first glance, appear inevitable. And yet, in the hands of the skilled artist, time is reversed, clay becomes stone again, and shimmering surfaces, like water on river rocks, speak of the beauty, the inexplicable force and the triumph of nature.
Holden McCurry's work is focused on boat forms as a way to express life journey. The journey boats are fluid structures that are constructed to evoke a feeling of movement, time or memory. He constructs with clay slabs that are textured, scored, torn and reassembled. Each distressed fragment contributes to the formal structure of the whole.
Jorie Berman's source material comes from vivid memories of pilgrimages she took to India, being surrounded by folk art, and spending time with her grandmother. Personal memories provide the framework from which she asks broader questions about the relationships between the permanent and the ephemeral, reality and illusion, logic and intuition, the body and the mind, spirituality and insanity, image and form.
Mary Fischer's diminutive house forms are imbued with a stillness, a gentleness, a mystery, and an animism. Drawing inspiration from overlooked fragments of vernacular architecture both rural and urban, Mary's buildings start life as boxes. Then lids become roofs. Feet and chimneys appeared and things have gone on from there, changing from season to season.
Naomi Dalglish's sculptures are inspired by pre-colombian clay figures. The small openings of the eyes or mouth in these hollow forms reveal a seemingly vast empty interior space. To Naomi, this powerful energy appears to be musical in nature. Many of the figures therefore end up as musicians, but even if they are not singing or playing an instrument, they are radiating their quiet joy and wonder into the world.