Judy Onofrio: Unearth
Always a master of material, Judy Onofrio has been creating sculpture from bone for the past decade. Gradually over time, her work has shifted from the colorful, mixed media narratives, for which she is so well known, to the elegant, monochromatic, rhythmic forms and textures built of bone in this exhibition. Her bone sculptures use the materials of death to celebrate life.
In Onofrio’s hands, material is meaning and requires a closer and deeper read. Her meticulous investigation into form is also about the essence of rebirth, growth and the beauty within our grasp. The power of her work, ambition of scale and intimacy of emotion come together in perfect agreement in Unearth.
The work of Judy Onofrio is found in over 30 museum collections around the world including The Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Arabia Museum, Helsinki, Finland; The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Cooper-Hewitt Museum, NY, NY; Frederick R. Weisman Museum, Minneapolis, MN.
Wayne E. Potratz : Cast Metal Sculpture
“Research with fire is the play that enables me to master the transformation of materials: the transmutation of space into form and form into space. In molds I make elegant holes and then fill them with liquid metal. By the fire, both the art and the artist are refined, tempered, and transformed.”
- Wayne Potratz
Wayne Potratz is a master of molten metal. He has cast iron and bronze for over fifty years in a tradition that combines magic, ritual, practice, performance, and art. Canoeing and fishing in the wilderness, Native American culture, Asian culture and the history of spiritual practice inspire his work. Travel in Asia and a life long study of Native American culture have shown him that material and artist are spiritually connected in a harmony of artistic and conceptual content.
Wayne Potratz is Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota where he taught for more than forty years and was Chair of the Art Department for more than a decade. He Co-founded the International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Work. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and Potratz sculptures are held in over 275 private collections, corporations and museums including the Weisman Museum of Art, Minneapolis, MN and John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI.
Nicolas Dhervillers : Retrospective Works
Renowned French photographer, Nicolas Dhervillers’ photographic works range from small still lives to monumental landscapes. In many of his images, theater, cinema, painting and photography coalesce, and often pay homage to the great artists of the past, including Nicolas Poussin and Gustave Courbet. Other works use the photographic process to take the viewer into a fictional space outside of time. His landscape photography is subjected to a digital process adapted from the cinematic “day for night” technique, lending an eerie look to pictures taken in broad daylight. Archival figures are then placed within the landscapes and washed with unnatural digital light.
Dhervillers has participated in Paris Photo and festival Mono, an event associated with documenta 13. His works can be found in private collections and museums around the world. This retrospective marks Dhervillers’ first exhibition in the United States.