Friday, July 20, 2012

TRADITION! Opening Reception - July 13, 2012

 The opening reception for TRADITION! (as uttered by Zero Mostel in Fiddler on the Roof) was held on July 13, 2012 at the Regional Arts Commission Gallery.  Buzz Spector, a Jewish artist, writer, and curator and Dean of the College and Graduate School of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University, selected four artists (including me), because of their "acutely observed attitudes about life, identity, and community; and how these attitudes come through in their work."  Spector believes that there is something uniquely Jewish about their outlook (and not what people would think of as traditional Jewish art).  Ten of my sculptures were exhibited in this very spacious gallery.  "Paint the Town Red" is shown in this picture.

Well over 100 guests attended the exhibit at the opening and others attended the Gallery Talk on July 19, 2013.   The exhibition runs through August 18, 2012.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

TRADITION! Curator's statement about Sandy Kaplan

Sandy Kaplan is also active in community life, both through her long-time work in development for Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center and in her second career as a sculptor. The exuberance of the men and women adorning Kaplan’s vase-like forms can certainly be read as emblematic of the artist’s zest for life, but the good times she depicts circle around the central emptiness of each vessel. The painted ceramic dancers are still, of course, but we move around them, conjuring narratives through our own motion, as if we’re swaying to the music of an imaginary fiddler. But what of those interior hollows?  The empty spaces in Kaplan’s forms are perhaps waiting to be filled, in the sense that every vase awaits its flowers, but also in the sense that we sometimes dance to keep existential emptiness at bay.  (From TRADITION! curator's statement.  Buzz Spector, curator and Dean of the College and Graduate School of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University)

Monday, July 09, 2012

TRADITION! Art Show at the Regional Arts Commission Gallery July 13-August 18, 2012

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