exhibition slideshow
Objects Wasting Space Beautifully

Curated by Ruth Reese

On View
December 1 through December 29, 2012

Weekend Open House,
Saturday and Sunday December 1 & 2,
10:00 am until 5:00 pm

As an exposition of the tangible arts, the December show at PHD Gallery focuses on the object at hand. In a marked departure from the conventional gallery offering, "Object," curated by Ruth Reese, does not include 2D work, but concentrates instead on art in the round. Expect to find: ceramics, glass, textiles, fibers, metalwork, jewelry and woodworking. "Object" showcases eight artists creating sculptural and functional work of material importance, emphasizing art as object, with an absolutely dimensional appeal. These objet d'art anticipate the holidays and the show fits well with the gift giving season. With a striking and curious array of forms, fineries, vessels, ornaments, and artifacts, "Object" relinquishes space to the object - and turns up the volume.

Inherent to "Object" is the integrity of materials as acknowledged by the vision of the artists. "Object - Wasting Space Beautifully" features the following artists and their materials: Joseph & Bridget Farmer, working in steel; Michelle Hamilton, working in kiln glass; Sherri Jaudes, working in silver, bronze, copper and cast iron; Jeremy Lampe, working in blown glass; Ray Morton, working in wood; Carmelita Nunez, working in ceramics; Ruth Reese, working in earthenware and porcelain; and, Don Tran, working in fibers and embroidery. The exhibition is on view December 1st, through December 29th, 2012. A free public open house will be held on Saturday and Sunday December 1st and 2nd from 10am-5pm on both days.

About the Artists

Joseph and Brigit Farmer. Farmer started welding nearly 30 years ago in the industrial sector. He combines his blacksmithing skills with junkyard, farmyard, and found objects to create unusual sculptures in the shape of birds, animals, and insects. His three-dimensional pieces are a reflection of "Americana from the Heartland.

Michelle Hamilton. Hamilton's series investigates the radial symmetry found in sea anemone, aquatic medusa, and sea fans. Translucent and opaque colors are used to create additional depth which not only celebrate the alluring draw of glass, but also create the illusion of a new material that softens the surface with a skin-like quality.

Sherri Jaudes. Jaudes' work is sculptural and her pieces are a combination of metals including silver, copper, bronze, and cast iron. Using techniques of fabrication, forming, and casting, she creates "insects" which she considers containers for emotions and interpretations of who we are as humans. She incorporates color by using gesso with multiple layers of color pencil or enamels.

Jeremy Lampe. A native of St Louis, Jeremy Lampe received his BFA from SIU Edwardsville. He currently teaches glass blowing at Third Degree Glass Factory and is the educational assistant at Meramec Community College for ceramics. His sculptural works are influenced by the relationships between the consequences of industry and natures reactions, while the primary focus is to capture the fluid nature of the materials.

Ray Morton. Morton lives in Biggersville, MS on land which has been in his family for three generations. Wood is Ray's medium and the lathe is his process. Salvaged trees make up the vast majority of his supply. He combines the disciplined work of the artist with the wild features of natural edges and knotted wood which cannot be tamed.

Carmelita Nunez. Carmelita's distinctly illustrated hand-made ceramics are beautiful functional pieces for people's everyday rituals: things that suit their needs of comfort, beauty and function. Carmelita also makes simple decorative items and personal adornments. The necklaces, pins, earrings and other jewelry that she creates are snippets of illustrations that she uses on larger pieces.

Ruth Reese. Reese's work in earthenware and porcelain is an expression of the richness of the mediums. Her sculptural work explores the fluidity of identity by blending the human form with plant and animal, creating surreal sculpture while her functional work is notably whimsical. Reese holds an MFA from Washington University and currently teaches at STLCC and Maryville University.

Don Tran. Tran is a native of Vietnam and holds a MBA degree from Webster University (St. Louis, MO). He is the youngest of thirteen children. Hand-Sewn Silk Embroidery is a traditional artwork within the Tran family that has been passed down for many generations. Vietnamese embroidery is a traditional folk art with traditional themes. In addition to upholding the traditional designs, he also creates new designs reflecting his personal style and high level of expertise.

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