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The “Firstlings: Sculptures + Works on Paper” exhibit was in the Bruno David Gallery in Clayton, Missouri from October 31 through December 23, 2020.
This is the entry to the gallery; below are two images of the exhibit space with the sculptures in the middle and the works on paper on the surrounding walls.
It showed that a great deal of love had gone into putting up this and the other exhibits in this gallery. I can hardly wait for the next exhibit, so I can go there again.
The Call for Entry
There was no call for entry, as this is an exhibit intended to showcase a single artist.
The Ceramic Art Pieces
This is the artist statement for this body of work: “My current ceramic series investigates the body in a state of ambiguous metamorphosis. Many works are formed by grafting individual parts together in a manner that nods at structural order but disregards anatomical and proportional correctness. Irregular outgrowths in the material signal erratic germination or atrophy—a misfiguration of appendages. The resulting forms are often simultaneously heroic and absurd—they acknowledge the limitations of the body and flout conventional response systems. Where traditional figurative sculpture often captures a predictable motion in time and space, my work changes as the viewer moves around it. What happens on one side might be wholly unanticipated on the other. By working against symmetry, I defy the expectations of wholeness for the body. Drawing on human, animal, and unworldly bodies, the figures precariously gesture, as if even they don’t know what they truly are. Their stilled and puzzled nature is my grasping for truth or a viable system to make things whole.”
I liked the large size and the unexpected changes of small details of the larger forms. I was surprised by the fact that a single color latex paint was used on these sculptures. I wonder how these sculptures would look in unglazed terra cotta clay.
Enjoy these pieces from the exhibit. For more of Arny’s works please visit his web site.