Andy Coolquitt, cut/cloth/stick/stitch/bird/nest/beak/pick, 2013
“To and Fro” is an exhibition of newly commissioned unique sculptures by artists Huma Bhabha (b. 1962 Karachi, Pakistan), Andy Coolquitt (b. 1964 Austin, TX), Josh Tonsfeldt (b. 1979 Independence, MO), Jessica Jackson Hutchins (b. 1971 Chicago, IL), and Katrin Sigurðardóttir (b. 1967 Reykjavik, Iceland), curated by Lisa Ivorian-Jones. Minimal or familiar forms such as bird houses, shelters for vulnerable animals, perches, and feeders are lent an intimate sensibility and matter-of-factly acknowledge their material (felt, yarn, clay, etc.), whilst also suggesting their metaphoric power (flight, safety, transformation). In order to fully experience the artworks in this exhibition, the viewer must approach the sculptures from all sides and engage with them directly.
Some sculptures are functional and can exist out of doors, such as Tonsfeldt’s bird feeder cast from his right arm, which is made to hang from a tree branch, and Hutchins’s Bird House—a lovingly wrought glazed ceramic sculpture, the interior of which invites a bird to play or nest. The implication of a perch is present in Bhabha’s Untitled and Coolquitt’s cut/cloth/stick/stitch/bird/nest/beak/pick, both evocative and beautiful works that, reminiscent of nest building, reveal materials such as clay and yarn. Sigurðardóttir’s 10 Pieces has been designed whole and then severed by the artist into ten parts and presented as individual artifacts or puzzle pieces, distorting one’s sense of scale and perception.
Artworks are available for sale and the proceeds will benefit the Museum. Please contact Lisa Ivorian-Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 917.744.6787 for a pricelist and further details.