Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Full Circle

The Full Circle exhibit is only up for a few more days, so if you are able to get there, hasten out to the Kent Museum, 7 Old West Church Road,  Kents' Corner in Calais. It's open 10-5 every day through Sunday, October 7, with a closing reception including music and refreshments on October 7th from 3 to 5pm. In addition to the exhibit, there's a silent auction for the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF), which you can bid on while you're there.

The Kent Museum is a beautiful old structure, and each fall it hosts a very short exhibit (this year running from September 27 - October 7). Full Circle was curated by Nel Emlen, David Schutz, and Allyson Evans. Here's the delightful Allyson (who came to my studio to select work for the show), standing by the first wall in the exhibit, where she hung work from In the Web (the biodiversity work that went to Nagoya, Japan in 2010).

 I believe Nel and Allyson hung most of the show, and it is a model of curatorial sensitivity.  The museum consists of many rooms of different sizes, some with white walls, some with walls stripped down to the original lath, and some with patches of historic wallpaper.  With so many different spaces and surfaces, it's amazing and delightful how they managed to place work so that it relates perfectly to other pieces and to the uniqueness of each space.

When I was asked to participate, I thought about the exhibit as an opportunity to show a "full circle" of my work, a bit of a retrospective of work from the past dozen years or so. I am so grateful to the curators for coming to my studio to select (and later to pick up) the work, and for the opportunity to have other people arrange, place, and hang the work. What a delight to come to the opening reception and see it for the first time, with pairings that I have never seen before.

For example, here's a painting from 2000, Thin Red Line, next to a button dress I made this year.

And on another wall in the same room, three pieces made in  different media in different years.

A second room of my work contains three-dimensional work with wood and found objects that I call Curious Lifeforms, as well as (what a treat to see these guys exhibited again!) two pieces from my Eggs and Nests series of paintings from the last century!

If you look out the window from this second room, you can see the apple tree hung with my steel Falling People. (And you can see a bit of Chris Miller's maze across the road.)

 There is lots of other good work in this show, also displayed brilliantly, including two rooms of work by Axel Stohlberg (always wonderful). On the mantelpiece are houses papered with sheets of writing in that beautiful cursive that has passed away along with those who produced it -- very moving in this historic location.

And I was so happy to see a whole roomful of Ken Leslie's circular paintings. 

In addition, there's Chris Miller's maze of flat stones, Pat Musick's bronze nests, delicate work by Gowri Savoor,  fiber works by Karen Henderson, outdoor sculptures by Thea Alvin and Gordon Auchincloss, botanical illustrations and watercolors by Susan Sawyer, steel-and-wood benches by James Teuscher, an installation by Sam Talbot-Kelly, mobiles by Lochlin Smith, constructions by Gabrielle Dietzel, sculptures by Chad Heise and Michael Alon, and plates with a cool story by Allyson Evans.


barncat said...

WOW!! This looks so great, Janet! Really sorry that I won't (and didn't) make it out there to see the show.

Maggie Neale said...

Nice account Janet. It truly is a comprehensive and well put together show. I tried to get a photo of your falling people, but yours from the window is much better. Thanks for this post.

janetvanfleet said...

The Falling People are going to the Maltex Building next, coming in out of the cold for the winter...