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The galleries of ArtStLouis in St Louis was the host for the Maturity and It’s Muse- Celebrating Artistic Experience exhibit. The exhibit was on view April 14-May 24, 2018.
The Call for Entry
Biennial presentation of all media, all themes, all styles exhibit where the artists are actually the theme of the exhibit. This exhibit highlights “Artists Informed by Time,” specifically artists over the age of 70 (as of January 1, 2018).
The Ceramic Art Pieces
This exhibit featured 53 artworks by 32 St. Louis regional artists from Illinois & Missouri, again, all over age 70! As usual, I’m focusing on the ceramic art pieces.
These two works by Sandy Kaplan are very captivating because of the incredible detailed sculpting (look at te facial expressions, and the books with titles), and because of the intense color of the glazes. As she states in her blog “I make sculptures, vessel forms and hand built platters in terra cotta which I then paint in a range of colored glazes. The frieze of figures on my vessels and in the center of my platters are women and men relating to each other, in conversation, or else dancing, while showing friendship, affection and love. In my work the figures emerge into three-dimensional space, entering just a bit into our world. I’ve been making reference to Reginald Marsh and Thomas Hart Benton’s work in my vessels, depicting people clustered together in “New York style” street scenes of night life from the 1930s.”
Interestingly, Sandy got her ceramic artist start at Craft Alliance, like myself!!
I couldn’t find an elcetronic presence for Jane, so here are her words form here narrative: “Best Wrors represent my incredulousness surrounding the nomination and election of Donald Trump. He repeated words and phrases ad nauseum, and one day said “I have the best words”. I put his best words on the box, and began collecting others’ best words in the box. Their best words are out of the box, and yours for the taking.
The ceramic piece has a wire around the top, and from that wire hang copper sheets with single word inscriptions. The texts on the paper around the ceramic vessel are critical of Trump.