Creative Arts Workshop features new work by the prizewinner of the 2009 exhibition Sky’s the Limit, juried by Janet Echelman, internationally recognized artist specializing in public art installations and sculpture. Recent work by Jennifer Kaufman will be on view in the first floor of the CAW Hilles Gallery from January 22 to February 12, 2010, with an opening reception on Friday, January 22 from 5 to 7 pm. The public is invited to attend; admission to the gallery is free.
This show further explores the visual objectives of Sky’s the Limit, which emphasized “the ability of a work to communicate an idea experientially to the viewer,” according to Ms. Echelman. Ms. Echelman selected Kaufman from the twenty-one artists who were included in Sky’s the Limit in 2009. More than one hundred artists from across the country submitted over two hundred entries for the show.
The work of Jennifer Kaufman is an exploration of line and mark-making. For this exhibition, she will present a piece that moves between works on paper and site-specific installation, using simple materials including tape, graphite and ink.
The exhibition will also feature installations by two Merit Recognition honorees from Sky’s the Limit. Melanie Rose Peterson will transform CAW’s elevator from a simple vehicle into an all-encompassing, imaginative experience. Using biodegradable packing peanuts and plastic wrap, she will apply a textured surface to the elevator walls, allowing the viewer to be entirely surrounded by the work for the brief duration of a trip between floors. Rachel Newsam and Vaclav Sipla will present Loom, an installation of wave-like forms mounted on the walls of the second floor of the Hilles Gallery. Inspired by the over-and-under motion of a weaving loom, the undulating forms will transform the space into a soft, biomorphic room, altering the journey the viewer takes through it.
FROM THE PRIZEWINNER
Ricochet and Rhyme III, like all of my work, is a process-based piece. With no site of origin or origin in time, a line continues forever. The middle of a room, a wall, or a piece of sturdy paper provide me with a good place to encounter a line, engage its impulse towards fragmentation, self-revision and continuity. Using simple materials including tape, pencil, ink, and graphite, I make lines and forms that fumble through gravity and into an infinite balancing act. The lines meet coherent forms and reckless intimate marks. And marking goes like this: a hard mark, fast mark, reasoned and backwards mark, marks that are suspended, assembled, or dismantled. Working on the ladder at a larger scale, my body also enters a balancing act committed to measured intent and the rustling pleasures of revision.
PAST PRIZEWINNERS SHOWS
2009: Helen Byler and Carrie Mae Smith, Prizewinners of the 2008 National Exhibition Painting as Presence, with juror William Bailey
Nicholas Kripal, Judit Varga, and Nicholas Wood, Prizewinners
of the 2007 National Exhibition Ceramic Abstraction: Exploration
with juror Paula Winokur