Wednesday, August 10, 2011

NATURE INFORMS ART @ BALTIMORE CLAYWORKS EXHIBITION & WORKSHOPS THIS FALL

apiary

APIARY

WHEN: August 13-September 24; Opening reception Saturday, August 13, 6-8 PM
WHERE:
Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Avenue, Baltimore
TICKETS: Free

Baltimore Clayworks is proud to host Apiary, an abstract sculptural show of botanically inspired works, featuring the work of Leigh Taylor Mickelson. Right: “Lure (Arisima)"

Leigh Taylor Mickelson Artist Statement: Both the Lure and Botanical Duet series feature abstracted elements of nature – the plants and pollinators of my imagination. While the forms and colors are all inspired by actual species, they evolve into something else in my hands - they become part of me, and the outcome is an amalgam. This series in particular gives homage to one of the most recent inspirations for my work: a plant’s will to pollinate. For me, the private “business” of flowering plants reveals a world that mimics human interaction to a fascinating degree. In addition, the forms found inside plants, once magnified, divulge a beauty that is regrettably unseen by the naked eye. In my work, I aim to capture the essence of these organic forms, reveal their beauty, and hence celebrate nature’s will to attract and therefore produce.  Above left: "Lure (SemperVivium)"

An apiary is a bee-yard; a place where bees are kept. For this exhibition, we are the bees and the gallery is our hive, our yard. The abstracted botanicals provide us with visual sustenance. They feed us by nourishing and satisfying our senses. The result, hopefully, is just as sweet as honey – happiness.

TAKE A WORKSHOP!
LURE

BOTANICAL ABSTRACTIONS: EXPLORING THE ORGANIC OBJECT

A Workshop with Leigh Taylor Mickelson

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24-25, 10 AM-4 PM

Nature repeats itself in minute and simple ways as well as grand and complex ways. In this 2-day hands-on workshop, we will look to natural forms as inspiration for our personal expression. Using several hand building methods, including pinching, coil and soft slab construction, extruding or even throwing, we will create simple organic forms in multiples. These multiples will be combined in various ways to make botanically inspired sculptures and/or wall works.

For more details or to register, click here.

ANIMALS FOR ADULTS

MONDAY-FRIDAY, AUGUST 22-26, 10 AM-1 PM

kyner_sculptureIn this 5-day intensive course students will construct a cat-sized creature of their own design. The sculpture might be of a traditional mythical beast such as a Chinese Kirin or an Egyptian Sphinx. It could also be a representation an actual animal or a self-portrait of yourself as a Labrador retriever. The choice is yours. Students will learn building techniques that will help you get your beast off the ground and onto its four (or six) legs. The instructor will also discuss animal anatomy and how it differs and is similar to our own as well as ways of replicating fur, scales, skin and muscle.

Participants should have some previous hand-building experience. For more details or to register, click here.