Jane Aaron, Mark Hursty and Lauren Kalman
An essay by Kate Mondloch, Department of Art History, University of Oregon, on the work of Jane Aaron, Lauren Kalman and Mark Hursty.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
November 19, 2009 – January 16, 2010
Curated by: Namita Gupta Wiggers
Craft, in most cases, is understood to be a category of objects created through the transformation of raw materials by hand. Such objects – whether functional or not – are typically tangible, physical things. This transformative process is most often captured in a documentary style on film, focusing on a maker in motion, hands working the materials in carefully edited shots that reveal steps towards the completion of an object. Elusive Matter gathers work by three artists in which the focus of their craft is not form. Individually, animator Jane Aaron, glass artist Mark Hursty and mixed media/metalsmith Lauren Kalman experiment with meaning and movement. Collectively, this grouping of films and photographs reveal ways in which artists engage the temporal and spatial elements of film and photography to reveal how matter performs. Elusive Matter calls attention to ways in which craft can be engaged outside of the creation of an object itself.
A former Guggenheim Fellow and an Emmy award winner, Jane Aaron has been a important figure within the field of animation for over 30 years. Her work has been shown in numerous venues worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Biennial, the Film Forum, NY, the New York Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival, CO in the United States. She has served as a visiting artist at such institutions as California Institute of the Arts and the Rhode Island School of Design.
Mark Hursty holds a BFA in film animation from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in glass from Alfred University, NY. Hursty was awarded second place in the 2008 Glass Art Society International Student Exhibition, hosted by Museum of Contemporary Craft. Hursty has exhibited work in the US, the Netherlands and China. He has assisted with and taught glass workshops at Pilchuck Glass School and several universities in China. He is currently a visiting assistant professor and glass program head at Jacksonville University, FL.
Multimedia artist Lauren Kalman holds an MFA in Art and Technology from The Ohio State University and a BFA in Metals from Massachusetts College of Art. She has participated in workshops at Penland School of Craft, NC and Pilchuck Glass School, WA. Kalman currently teaches part-time at Brown University, RI and the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US, in Argentina and Switzerland, and can be found in the permanent collection of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among other institutions.
EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE SUPPORTED BY:
Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation · Maribeth Collins · The Collins Foundation · John Gray Charitable Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation · John and Suzanne Bishop · PGE Foundation · Regional Arts & Culture Council · Mary Hoyt Stevenson Foundation · Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust