"Pins and Needles"
Gallery Opening with the Artist - First Friday April 1, 2016 6pm-9pm
For our April and May 2016 exhibition, Plinth Gallery is pleased to present “Pins and Needles” the figurative ceramic sculpture of local artist Marie E.v.B. Gibbons. A self taught artist, Marie has had an active studio practice in Denver since 1999.
Her ceramic pieces all are narrative. Most of her work is triggered by either reactions to or memories of life experiences. She uses the human figure, or parts of it, to entice the viewer into placing themselves within the art. Hopefully, there is then a recognized connection or shared emotion to something similar in their own lives.
In her process, all the pieces are slip cast using liquid clay in commercial and her own plaster molds. After altering the cast ceramic parts, she assembles them into larger figurative pieces. She deliberately leaves the mold seams visible in the ceramic casting, showing evidence of the marks of the maker in what she refers to as “her imperfect perfection.” No glaze is used to decorate her work. Rather, the artist uses post-fired or cold finishes such as acrylic paints, wax, ink, or other pigments.
Marie suggests that her work includes, ”…..some nagging stuff that might make you feel uncomfortable.” However Plinth Gallery curator Jonathan Kaplan says, “Marie E.v.B. Gibbons’ work tells a story and provides a shared experience and narrative between the maker and the viewer. She is a driven and passionate artist."
"Pins and Needles" opens with an artist reception on Friday April 1, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm. The opening is free and open to the public. Marie's work will remain on exhibit thru May 28, 2016. Plinth Gallery is located in the River North Art District at 3520 Brighton Blvd, Denver CO 80216. For further information please contact the gallery at (303) 295-0717.