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Lacoste Gallery and Kasten Fine Art Present:
Ani Kasten In the Berkshires

August 6 - August 8, 2010

Ani Kasten  

"Investigating the materiality of the clay is the foundation and focal point for all of my sculptural vessels. I create wheel-thrown and hand-built forms in families, and these sculptural groupings explore the meeting point between natural and man-made worlds. The vessels take their influence from plants, water, rocks and clay, as well as from architecture, industry and machinery. The forms integrate both of these sensibilities into a composed landscape, such as a stand of bamboo-like, truncated cylinders, perforated with small windows to look like corroded skyscrapers, or a simple, pure form such as a smooth sphere, marked on its surface with an off-center, wandering imprint, like bird tracks in the sand. The pieces are often truncated, off-center, weathered and perforated, combining natural movement and an apparent state of organic deterioration that invokes the cycle of life, death, decay. They investigate the nature of change, the compiling of memory, and a feeling of profound loss– the recognition of temporal beauty bound inextricably with grief. The pieces are like remnants, a landscape of objects that remain after some kind of significant change, grave markers, or organic matter that has survived a great fire. As creative expressions of form, movement and texture, my work is infused with a modern, minimal aesthetic while at the same time reminding one of a natural or ancient object exposed to the rigors of time. As does nature, my ceramics often incorporate repeated markings and patterns, and explore asymmetry while retaining balance, lightness, and quietude of form."- Ani Kasten Artist available for commissions. Contact Lacoste Gallery for information.

Please join us for an exclusive three day
showing of Ani Kasten's ceramics in the
home of JaneKasten beginning August 6th.
This invitation-only exhibition is a chance
to see Kasten's unique ceramics placed in
one of the Berkshires' beautiful historic
homes. Jane Kasten of Kasten Fine Art
and Lucy Lacoste of Lacoste Gallery are
hosting the event, and Ani Kasten will
be in attendance to talk about her work.

Viewing hours:
FridayAugust 6th, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturday August 7th, 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Sunday August 8th, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

RSVP is appreciated:
Phone: 978-369-0278

Address: Kasten Fine Art
17 Willard Hill Rd.
Stockbridge, MA 01262