Bokse Art at Box Heart Gallery March 4 - March 29, 2008
Paintings by Steve Boksenbaum. Recognizable imagery is merely a template for play with the media Boksenbaum uses. He gathers images photographically, which removes them one step from reality and into the timeless two dimensional realm. From there, Boksenbaum reconstructs them as broad geometric areas and works in layers of paint, each layer refining the areas and complementing the colors.
Also featuring ceramics by Michael Smithhammer. In carving the surface of the clay, Smithhammer is attempting to take responsibility for every atom of the form, reconfiguring the energy of the materials' surface. He then colors it in a way that appears completely natural, as if it was simply found that way. In a Buddhist sutra there is a line that states, "The body is the shadow of the soul." While savoring this concept, Smithhammer sensed a connection to what he imagines can happen for those who experience his work. A shadow is an image created by the blocking of light. It has no dimension. So when we truly see or experience what our soul really is, it will astound us with it's infinite beauty.
Public Reception: Saturday, March 8th 5 pm - 8 pmFree and open to the public.
More information on Steve Boksenbaum and Michael Smithhammer http://www.boxheart.org/
The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) is holding its 42nd annual conference in Pittsburgh this year. The conference, “CONFLUENCE: Innovation, Community, Environment” will be held at the David Lawrence Convention Center from March 19 - March 21.
In conjunction with this conference, Box Heart is featuring the ceramic work of Michael Smithhammer. The NCECA tour visits Box Heart on Wednesday, March 19th @ 9 am!
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