Contemporary Sculpture Roundup: Part III

Beth Cavener

Seeing Cavener’s sculptures literally made my jaw go slack. These are incredibly emotive sculptures that leave just enough “unfinished” and rough edges. Typically clay sculpture isn’t very interesting to me because the subject matter tends to be just figurative with no concept behind the work. Cavener’s website has this to say about her work: “Beth Cavener Stichter addresses controversial, potentially embarrassing subject matter head on and in direct opposition to the reputation of her chosen medium, clay […] [she] explores child abuse, pornography, self loathing, and insecurity through elegantly crafted goat, hare, and hound proxy.”

Tyler Beard

I love Tyler Beard’s whimsical, collage approach to art-making. I also love that he lives and works in Colorado. His website says that he “graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Master of Fine Arts degree in studio art.  In the summer of 2008 he traveled to Berlin where he was an artist in residence at the Ceramic Center.  He is represented by Robischon Gallery and currently lives and works in Denver, CO.  He has a continued interest in animals, the color yellow, and a good cup of coffee in the morning.”

Angela Eastman

There is a mediative aspect to art that takes a long time to create, and a meditative aspect in viewing that art. I definitely experienced the quiet beauty of her paper sculptures when I saw one in person. Angela Eastman also studied art, and shows in Colorado. I first saw her work (as well as Tyler Beard’s work at GOCA, downtown Colorado Springs).

Nikki Rosato

Working in paper collage myself has shown me the effort and time that go into an intricate cut-out such as Nikki Rosato’s works. I love the combination of meditative process (as with Angela Eastman’s work) and the figurative (and portrait?) element in Rosato’s work. They are breath-taking. She also has a wonderful artist statement.
“Our physical bodies are beautiful structures full of detail, and they hold the stories that haunt and mold our lives. The lines on a road map are fascinatingly similar to the lines that cover the surface of the human body. In my work involving maps, as I remove the landmasses from the silhouetted individuals I am further removing the figure’s identity, and what remains is a delicate skin-like structure. Through this process, specific individuals become ambiguous and hauntingly ghost-like, similar to the memories they represent.”

Anders Krisár

Let’s just say that Anders Krisár is prolific. He lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden, but has shown his work on three continents. The sculptural work that I’m featuring here, I think, is stunning. The edge of surrealism in his work is made only more potent by the narrative elements present. I feel that there is a greater story to these works, so rather than dismissing them as bizarre I am instead inclined to look closer. The two faces, one of heated copper and the other of beeswax, suggest an abusive relationship to me, and I look closer to see if I can find the story.

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