“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 of Princeton September 10 through October 8. The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, September 17 from 3 to 5 p.m.
The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) will show “Women on the Wall,” an exhibition of free form and unique sculpture by New Jersey-based artists Wendy Gordon and Karen Titus Smith in the Taplin Gallery September 10 through October 8. The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, September 17 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Gordon’s sculpture consists of repeated, organic forms that hang or lean up against the wall, or are free-standing. They look somehow familiar, as if forms from nature, such as seed pods or cocoons or are reminiscent of ancient utensils, such as cups or scoops. But even though they are similar in size, color and form, each element is subtly unique and when presented together they form a cohesive whole.
“I believe that my work communicates on several different levels,” said Gordon. “I am making a statement on nature and the structures it sometimes utilizes to become stronger and thus survive. Look at a compound leaf, the eye of a fly or the tentacles of a jellyfish and you find multiple forms that work together towards one achievement: survival.”
Gordon is inspired by elements of repetition such as quilting, needlepoint, knitting, and weaving. This duplication of elements is intrinsic to the structure of the entire object, and it is this use of multiples to create a cohesive 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 abstract two-dimensional work, has been an important element in her process as a painter. Smith’s two-dimensional works are deconstructionist, image related — breaking down forms and rethinking them.
“I have done and considered the same moving into three dimensions,” said Smith. “The images are inspired by my surroundings, nature, events, an article read. Anything that impacts my thoughts, inspires a form, shape, or idea is then explored in a visual format. New or original art or ideas are presented. We question, critique, contemplate, ruminate, and finally things either stay with us or they don’t. The images that affect us stay with us, enrich us, with thought, wonder, awe, sometimes shock, sometimes joy.
“I leave the response and interpretation of these pieces to the viewer. Concept is not strict, set or predetermined. Please free associate.”
The Arts Council of Princeton 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.