The Sculptural Wall Pieces show, Unison’s juried exhibit of three dimensional wall-hung art, encompasses a wide variety of materials assembled in often astonishing ways. From the highly varied wood-fired ceramic fragments that Jeff Shapiro mounted on bands of black-coated metal strips to the very delicate and fragile torn and ruffled paper in shadow boxes by Carole Kunstadt, there is a contrast of media and methods of creating dimensional work.
Alfredo Cardenas created cast bronze masks, Jenne Currie included large scale painterly constructions riffing on art historical themes, Joan Goldberg’s draped felt pieces feel like deconstructed paintings, and Astrid Fitzgerald has created highly refined architectural pieces of wood and copper tubes. Deb Goldman’s installation of thrown porcelain miniature pots, John Cino’s highly worked wood-carved wall piece and Barbara Arum’s carved female forms contrast with Lorrie Coffey’s assemblage of delicate twigs. The two curators of the show are Kaete Brittin Shaw and Annie O’Neill. Shaw, a well known ceramic artist, has included twig and ceramic constructions and O’Neill has a whimsical cut steel piece. Sculptural Wall Pieces is a lively tribute to the imaginative use of surface treatments and the textural possibilities of materials—both ordinary and unique!