‘GREEN RELIEF’: This work by Karen Titus Smith is part of ‘Women on the Wall,’ her joint sculpture exhibition with Wendy Gordon, on view at the Arts Council in Princeton from September 10-October 8. The public is invited to a welcome opening on Saturday September 17 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Princeton Arts Council (ACP) will present “Women on the Wall”, an exhibition of freeform and unique sculptures by New Jersey artists Wendy Gordon and Karen Titus Smith in the Taplin Gallery From September 10 to October 8. The public is invited to the opening on Saturday, September 17 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Gordon’s sculpture consists of repeated organic shapes that hang or lean against the wall, or are freestanding. They seem somehow familiar, as if shapes from nature, such as seed pods or cocoons, or reminiscent of ancient utensils, such as cups or spoons. But even though they are similar in size, color and shape, each element is subtly unique and when presented together form a cohesive whole.
“I believe my work communicates on many different levels,” Gordon said. “I am making a statement about nature and the structures it sometimes uses to grow stronger and thus survive. Look at a compound leaf, the eye of a fly or the tentacles of a jellyfish and you will find multiple shapes that work together towards one achievement: survival.
Gordon is inspired by elements of repetition such as quilting, embroidery, knitting and weaving. This duplication of elements is intrinsic to the structure of the whole object, and it is this use of multiples to create a coherent whole that interests the artist.
Smith’s work is the result of an evolution of process and history. Form, or the illusion of form in two-dimensional abstract work, was an important part of his process as a painter. Smith’s two-dimensional works are deconstructionist, linked to the image – breaking down forms and rethinking them.
“I did and envisioned the same move in three dimensions,” Smith said. “The images are inspired by my environment, nature, events, an article read. Anything that impacts my thoughts, inspires a shape, form or idea is then explored in a visual format. New or original works of art or ideas are presented. We question, criticize, contemplate, ruminate, and ultimately things stay with us or they don’t. The images that touch us stay with us, enrich us, with reflection, wonder, wonder, sometimes shock, sometimes joy.
“I leave the response and interpretation of these pieces to the viewer. The concept is not strict, defined or predetermined. Please release the partner.
The Princeton Arts Council is located at 102 Witherspoon Street. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org.