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CABINET OF CURIOSITIES

Pictorial and Dimensional Oddities...
Cary Horton
Sherri Jaudes


On View
September 14 through October 26, 2013


OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION
Saturday September 14, 2013,
7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

The European Cabinet of curiosity or "curio" cabinet was an encyclopedic collection of types of objects whose categorical boundaries were yet to be defined. Eventually modern terminology would categorize such objects as belonging to natural history, geology, archaeology, and historical relics. Photographer Cary Horton and Metalsmith Sherri Jaudes create pictures and objects for a modern version of the Cabinet of Wonder on view at PHD Gallery. The exhibit of black and white photography and fabricated and cast metal insects and plants opens with a public reception for the artists Saturday, September 14, from 7-10PM.

Horton composes black and white, silver halide prints that depict her fascination with odd juxtapositions of context and objects and of fact and fantasy. The Webster University graduate frequently depicts unlikely combinations of architecture and nature in her images. The artist illustrates the collision of the man-made world and the natural world by combining traditional photographic techniques with digital printing techniques:

"The process I am using to create these images furthers the idea of entropy in that printing directly onto film using an ink jet printer results inn an image that appears to be deteriorating, implying a breakdown in the natural world. And juxtaposed to this deteriorating foreground image, the background is often focally out of reach or inverted."

Jaudes uses various metals, such as gold, silver, copper, bronze, and steel to express each piece of her sculpture. She sometimes uses Prisma colored pencils as her patina on the finished work, which allow her to incorporate her love of rendering and to achieve a very different look and surface on the work. Jaudes' meticulous craftsmanship in a variety of metals derives much of its inspiration from the natural environment. Her recent work includes small, jewelry scale work and larger sculptural pieces that mix metals, perspectives, colors, and design to provide a specialized reach into the realms of Nature. The Southern Illinois University (SIUE) MFA graduate frequently chooses insects and plants as subjects for her metal sculptures. Many of her pieces are presented in scientific Bell Jars:

"Insects are an important part of my work and I have chosen to view them as a collection of strange and mysterious images. I like the idea of capturing a moment or action with the insects or plants that tell a story or cause the viewer to ponder what is happening with each piece."


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