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Three Points to Abstraction
Ruth Borgenicht Anne Currier & Steve Heinemann

March 21 - April 12, 2009
March 21: 3 to 5 pm

Ruth Borgenicht  

I use the chain mail pattern and other woven patterns to create ceramic works that conjure up a sense of permanence and defensive concealment. My most recent work expands into shapes that evoke landscapes and architectural elements. The shapes allow me to explore the interdependency of forms as structural support as well as forms defined by pattern and color. While the sections of the pieces appear to be flat and immobile, the whole piece and all its components are mobile and dimensional.

Anne Currier  Resume

Anamorphosis is a term that resides in the natural sciences.It denotes an evolution of one organism into another through a series of gradual changes.Anne Currier, reflecting on issues of stasis and change in her studio practice, has chosen this word for her new collection of sculpture.It is an apt title. In her recent work, Anne Currier conjures up the formal dynamics and structural components of the painter Juan Gris. Currier was inspired by Gris’ manipulation of shape and light across the canvas.Appropriating some forms and inventing others, the sculptor builds out a Cubist world through a series of oblique planes and spatial envelopes. Each work displays the artist’s modeled geometry and enfolded volume that eludes easy association. This geometric topology is her signature; recent work adds the interplay of idiosyncratic form.In Anamorphosis, the artist creates with great verve.We see her wit and sophistication in such work as Diptych-Rust (2016)(last 2 images shown right).Here, the two-part sculpture spreads laterally outward.The work is a massing of conic structures that are cut longitudinally and stacked on top of each other.Severed cylinders, curved profiles, and sharp angles elbow each other for our attention.This jostling of shapes is coupled with unexpected surface cavities---dip, trough, hollow--that equally delight our eye. And Currier’s passion for eccentric form—like Gris’—is coupled with fastidious construction. Gris left little to chance in his process; similarly, Currier’s discerning hand is evident in the cutting, piecing, nestling, and assembling of each component.As in Gris’ still life paintings, Currier’s sculptures reflect visual complexity and skilled craftsmanship. Mary Drach McInnes

Steven Heinemann  

Updated 6/3/15 IDEAS OF NORTH Representing the evolution of the artist's ideas over time and the newest directions in his work, Ideas of North continues Steven Heinemann's longstanding interest in the hybrid quality of ceramics. In a style both classical and minimal, he investigates the natural and cultural features of clay, an organic material with a long history of human use, finding connections at the boundaries between the two. Brochure available upon request.

Opening Reception
March 21, 3 - 5 pm