new sculpture by:
May 3 - May 27, 2000
Opening Reception: May 5, 8-10 pm
The Gallery @ Green Street presents new work by three emerging sculptors from Jamaica Plain. The seductive, elegant and repulsive coexist in an exhibit where nothing is what it seems; bone is carved out of soap, succulent fruit is made from droplets of glue, and sand castles are cast in concrete. While the subjects may be architectural, anatomical and botanical - the transformation of materials drives the associations and contradictions of each artist's work. These talented young artists get under the skin of the superficial with a hard look at the structures that underlie issues of beauty, power and seduction.
Donna Veverka casts solid concrete architectural icons
to explore how height relates to social status in ancient feudal
towers and modern luxury skyscrapers. In other work Veverka overturns
private, cloistered interior spaces to create open, geometric
volumes that define the boundry between structural and ornamental
form. Working on a "shoe box" scale eliminates the awesome
physical presence of these buildings reversing the traditional
relationships, allowing the viewer to tower over the manipulated
Megan Goltermann presents the "imperfections" of our bodies as discreet sculptures, which hover curiously between plant and animal. Folds and bumps are polished and titillated by sensitive whiskers that feel the slightest touch. Unsightly hairs, fleshy bulges and egg-like forms "maintain an ambiguity [that] can avoid the allocations of identification" for Goltermann. These "...derivatives of the exterior body" result from the complete transformation of a material like soap or plaster into familiar yet haunting surfaces that look and feel like skin or bone. Other work plays on our peculiar relationship to our own hair - a poingnant example of beauty's complexities.
Megan Cronin uses materials like metal, rubber and glue to make objects that tempt us with seductive surfaces that are irresistible and off-limits, creating natural textures out of meticulously disguised synthetic substances. Translucent color and surfaces that glisten like caviar or freshly-washed fruit remain elusive and raw, alive with the potential to stain, sting, quench or poison. Quirky contradictions, humor and investigative insight abounds in this exhibit - there are many assumptions questioned and a few important questions left unanswered...and that is what draws us back for a second look.
- James Hull
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