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"Kim Cridler: Impossibility and Persistence"
2001-05-06 until 2001-08-19
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
USA United States of America
SHEBOYGAN, WI - The steel and mixed media sculptures of Kim Cridler are featured in the exhibition KIM CRIDLER: IMPOSSIBILITY AND PERSISTENCE at the John
Michael Kohler Arts Center. These oversized works, on view in the Projects Gallery from May 6 through August 19, are inspired by objects from the domestic realm.
As a child, Kim Cridler spent many hours on her family's farm in Michigan polishing and mending the family's heirlooms. The large sculptures that she now makes are
based on an intimate relationship with such objects. While the pieces are either monumental or miniature in size, the shapes are the recognizable forms of the teapots,
urns, and vases often found in nineteenth-century parlors. Cridler strips these vessels to spare, gridlike structures made of steel which she often coats with a temporal
substancesatin, gut, eggs, mothballs, bones, and pearlsthat adds a delicate quality to the work. Two sculptures in this exhibition, Kept and Foil, combine grandeur in
size with the elegant and fragile details of eggshells and wax.
Through these solid structures that contain elements subject to decay, Cridler explores the frailty and ultimate deterioration of all human love and labor, even if built upon
what appears to be strong and stable. The works address the need for human faith and persistence when confronted with the seemingly impossible, if not futile, effort
demanded to continually rebuild in the face of our own mortality.