Flora and Fauna: Contemporary Ceramics

03/03/2000 - 04/22/2000
Flora and Fauna: Contemporary Ceramics

Flora and Fauna: Contemporary Ceramics features seven artists, including: Adrian Arleo, Neil Forrest, Ovidio C. Giberga, Marilyn Lysohir, Keisuke Mizuno, Adelaide Paul and Chris Weaver. Cary Esser, Associate Professor and Chair of the Ceramics Department at KCAI, curated the exhibition. Esser’s conception for Flora & Fauna is prompted by her interest in plant and animal imagery in historical architectural ornament. Her investigation of the use and significance of such motifs from antiquity and their various manifestations within art of the present are prevailing themes in the exhibition. Flora & Faunaa traveling exhibition, is co-organized by Florida Craftsmen Gallery and the Kansas City Art Institute. The exhibition will travel to Karl Drerup Gallery at Plymouth State College, Plymouth, New Hampshire.

Engaging the medium of ceramics, the artists create “hybrid forms” which explore human relationships with nature, culture, plants and animals.  Perception, intuition, societal and environmental issues, and absurdism are addressed in various evocative forms, creating new insights and avenues for contemplation.  In her accompanying essay, Esser comments on clay as an appropriate material for addressing the issues put forth in Flora & Fauna, both metaphorically and physically.  “By engaging space with clay, these artists acknowledge a reference to the earth’s foundation, which supports many life forms….touching, like seeing and speaking, is a sensibility, a tool these artists use to experience and examine their world.”

This exhibition is made possible by a grant from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and generous support from Bunni and Paul Copaken and the Copaken Family Foundation.

PRESS

The Kansas City Star

Humans, Nature and Human Nature
April 16, 2000
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The Kansas City Star

KCAI and the Capacity for Ceramics
April 16, 2000
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Review

An Elegant Show of Naturalistic Clay Sculpture
April 1, 2000
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Press Release

The H&R Block Artspace at KCAI Presents Flora & Fauna
February 23, 2000
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