October 20, 2018 – January 12, 2019 | Sandra J. Blain Gallery
The figure in art is an emblem that says much about the world and ourselves. With its subtle nuances, gestures, emotive qualities, and physical form it contains both powerful positive and negative connotations. It can speak of individuality or society as a whole, and it can concern itself with physical flesh or the rich inner landscape of the psyche. With the Figurative Association exhibition and accompanying symposium, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is bringing together artists who are drawn to the figure for all of these reasons and more.
The Presenting Artists were chosen because of their diversity in concepts and materials and for their dedication to working with the figure within their respective art practices. The Presenting Artists were asked to invite Emerging Artists whom they felt explored the figure in engaging and evocative ways.
The 2018 Figurative Association Symposium will feature ten presenters – Jessica Calderwood, Michael Dixon, Judy Fox, Richard W. James, Curt LaCross, Stephanie Metz, LJ Roberts, Claire Stigliani, Kensuke Yamada, and Sunkoo Yuh. These ten artists, working from ceramics to embroidery, painting to enamels, will provide lectures and demonstrations across two full days. The event kicks off on Wednesday with an opening reception to the 2018 Figurative Association Exhibition featuring work from all of the presenters, plus selected emerging artists. Beth Cavener will give the keynote opening address after the reception. In addition to the demonstrations and exhibitions, the event will also have panel discussions, additional lectures from guest speakers and rapid fire Quick Sketch presentations which allow for artists and makers to present their work and research.
Invited emerging artists include Marissa Saneholtz (Calderwood), Reese Adams-Romagnoli (Stigliani), John O’Reilly (Fox), April D. Felipe (James), Kris Hargis (Dixon), Avery Palmer (Metz), Alanna DeRocchi (Yuh), Crista Ann Ames (Yamada) and Frederick Weston (Roberts).
Featured image by Robert Batey