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Cross Village, MI. – Three Pines Studio is pleased to announce their upcoming exhibit, The Elements: Clay, Fiber, Wood, The Work of Gene Reck, Joann Condino, and David Eli Vaughn, July 1-12. The Opening Reception is on July 1, from 2-7pm.
Clay, fiber and wood are the materials first used by early man to shape, control and modify their world.
Clay, Fiber, Wood: What materials could be more elemental? The show features a take on the Japanese kimono in clay by Cross Village artist Gene Reck, dyed, mixed-media assemblages by Cross Village artist Joann Condino, and driftwood sculptures by Good Hart artist David Eli Vaughn.
Gene Reck’s ceramic sculptures have a decidedly Asian aesthetic, and are executed in the spirit of wabi-sabi. Many people are unfamiliar with the meaning of wabi-sabi. In modern times “wabi” connotes rustic simplicity, freshness or quietness, and can be applied to both natural and human-made objects. It can also refer to quirks and anomalies arising from the process of construction which add uniqueness and elegance to the object. “Sabi” is beauty or serenity that comes with age; when the life of the object and its impermanence are evidenced in its patina and wear. At its most simplistic, wabi-sabi is defined as flawed beauty. Wabi-sabi’s aesthetic, may be described as “one of beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.” Qualities of this aesthetic include simplicity, modesty, austerity, roughness, and asymmetry. The Kimono Vases reflect these qualities.
Joann Condino’s recent work involves mixed media assemblages emphasizing mark-making using fiber, metal, wood. A Shibori fiber artist, Joann uses wood pieces as mark makers to create the designs on her fabrics. The wood, the mark makers, then become the marks in her assemblages. These wood and fiber pieces are about doors and the mystery behind closed doors. Additional assemblages in found metal pieces and silk reflect Joann’s feelings about current social and political events.
David Eli Vaughn has been collecting driftwood on the shores of Lake Michigan (and the Pacific Ocean) for years. Several years ago he decided to put his art background to work and create a series of sculptural pieces; abstracted, but recognizable versions of water and shore birds. Last year he started to experiment with a series of works he calls “Totems” or “Totemic Abstractions,” evincing less realism but still evoking elements of figurative design. Immersed in this pursuit, the possibilities are endless. David chooses not to alter the collected driftwood when it becomes part of a sculpture, although it is sometimes tempting to do so. He wants to keep the process “pure;” displaying the pieces of weathered wood as found and manipulating the objects just enough to ensure a secure mounting.
Three Pines Studio was founded in 2000 by Joann Condino and Gene Reck, and features the work of more than 40 Northern Michigan artists. It is located at the crossroads of Levering and State Road in Cross Village, Michigan. Three Pines Studio is a working studio in the arts and crafts tradition and is open year-round. For more info, please visit their website: www.threepinesstudio.com