David Whelan

  • Kathy Butterly, Fixer, 2018, clay and glaze, 5 5/8 x 7 1/4 x 7".
    picks January 30, 2023

    Kathy Butterly

    Guided by intuition and process, Kathy Butterly sculpts boundless variations of cup and vase forms, each with their own unique complexity. Her exhibition here, “Out of one, many / Headscapes,” presents three decades of ceramics whose material plasticity makes visual the experience of being in a body.

    Rather than using a potter’s wheel, Butterly pours wet clay into plaster casts of molds taken from store-bought vessels. While the clay is workable, she twists and pulls the objects until satisfying shapes are found. She adds improvised forms once the objects are dried, building vivid colors through

  • Mel Kendrick, Nemo, 1983, wood, plaster, ink, 5' 6“ x 18' x 11' 8”.
    picks December 08, 2022

    Mel Kendrick

    For more than five decades, sculptor Mel Kendrick has created visual puzzles by taking things apart and putting them back together again. The resulting works invert spatial oppositions, giving dimension to feelings of inner conflict.

    The artist’s retrospective, “Seeing Things in Things,” is an invitation to enjoy the traces of this conflict, which can be found in every gap, slip, and break of the art on display. While fundamentally abstract, early pieces such as Nemo, 1983, and Sculpture No. 2, 1991, flirt with figuration, transforming solid blocks of wood into forms that want to move and grow.