Interdisciplinary. Community. Advocacy. Humor.
Time: January 13, 2012 at 6pm to February 26, 2012 at 5pm
Location: Craft Alliance
Street: 6640 Delmar Blvd
City/Town: St. Louis, MO
Event Type: exhibition, opening
Organized By: Craft Alliance Gallery
Latest Activity: Jan 11, 2012
Craft Alliance (CA) is pleased to announce the opening reception of Untamed from 6 – 8 pm on Friday, January 13, 2012, in CA’s gallery in the Delmar Loop. The exhibition, which runs through February 26, features works from Carol Eckert, Geoffrey Gorman, Russell Wrankle, Rachel Wilson, Sayaka Ganza, and Sylvie Rosenthal.
These works examine the complex relationship between animals and humans. Although the nature of that connection has evolved over time, animals have continued to hold a place of paramount significance in our lives. Whether used for transportation, mythologized in religious and spiritual stories, or loved as a companion, animals have always been inextricably bound to our history. Each of these artists interprets the mystery of that relationship in a different way, some exploring the essence of animals, their soul, spirit or symbolic personification; others comment on their fragile existence in the contemporary natural world.
With the dexterous movement of needle and thread, Carol Eckert creates delicately coiled narratives. Universally symbolic animals, such as snakes and storks, take center stage in a series of mythological stories and creation legends. These animal-centric creations intertwine to create free-standing staffs, shrines, and books.
Gorman explores the beauty of decay through animal imagery that is constructed from abandoned scraps. These bits of cultural detritus, including sticks, bicycle tires, rusted screws, and washers, are laboriously layered together and given a second life. Using human artifacts to create animal forms, he explores the shared tendencies of human and animal behavior.
Russell Wrankle wrestles with existential questions of life and death through the symbolism of the hare. His intensely saturated ceramic hares represent the decadence of worldly pleasures, a vibrant source of energy that is antithetical to death and dying. It is through embracing life and living that the pull of death and suffering is kept at a distance.
The durable wood of the Osage-orange tree is the foundation for Rachel Wilson’s life size animal sculptures. Repurposing pieces of found wood, she transforms this heavy material into graceful horses, elks, and other wild creatures. These enchanting sculptures, intended to evoke a sense of respect for all living beings, quietly capture the essence of the animals.
The Japanese Shinto belief that all objects and beings have spirits has deeply inspired Sayaka Ganz. Treasuring the forlorn spirit of those objects that have been forgotten or discarded, she integrates scrap metal pieces, abandoned toys, and utensils, among other items, into organic animal sculptures. In this way, both the animal and the object are infused with a new life spirit.
Sylvie Rosenthal responds to the current social architecture with humorous and meticulously crafted creatures built on the impossible. She directs our attention to imagined spaces in which architecture and animal merge into one. Sylvie’s work urges viewers to question the plausibility of animals, people, and architecture coexisting within a singular space.