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Jerry Bleem

Beyond the Basket

Jerry Bleem BurdenJerry Bleem BurdenJerry Bleem Burden DetailBurden, 2011
Found paper, printed paper, acetate, staples: 18.75″ x 18.25″ x 10.25″
Lent by the artist

Jerry Bleem’s work draws together disparate elements, joining them with common staples to create richly textured sculptural containers in what he describes as a process of making meaning. He says, “Formally my sculptures have been influenced by humanity’s long history of making containers. In effect, I create a surface that separates the inside from the outside. Though clearly nonfunctional, these forms pose questions that their antecedents also ask: What is worth gathering or saving? What do we select as important? How does one gain access to the interior—either actually, or imaginatively? I have come to believe in the veracity of the ordinary and the overlooked. I search for materials that bring some kind of history (actual or implied), reshape them through simple means that viewers can readily discern, and trust that these records of time in my studio might become, as Barbara Kruger has said, a kind of commentary.”

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Susan Kavicky

Beyond the Basket

Susan Kavicky SittingSitting, 2010
Brown ash, fiberboard, oak: 16″ x 18.5″ x 13″
Lent by Mary Ann Fray

Susan Kavicky took her first basketry class in 1987, looking for a portable craft she could take along while her husband was fishing. She became hooked while experiencing all the steps involved with processing and weaving black ash. She has experimented with various materials, including electrical wire, and returns always to the fiber of her heart, black ash. Susan’s work has received numerous awards, and she has taught privately and at conventions and guilds throughout the country.

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Ann Coddington

Beyond the Basket

Ann Coddington Mother MemoryAnn Coddington Fingerprints[Left] Mother/Memory, 2015
Mixed fibers, found objects: 4′ x 4′ x 6″
Lent by the artist

[Right] Fingerprints, 2013
Waxed linen, waxed cotton, wool, copper, paper cord, willow, reed, caning, artificial sinew, muslin: 4′ x 4′ x 5″
Lent by the artist

Ann Coddington uses the techniques of basketry to create sculptural engagements with questions of eternal and ephemeral, strength and fragility, masculine and feminine, free and captive, old and young, living and dead. She is intrigued by the differences between feeling and knowing, body and mind, and the potent and enduring memories held in the body, often outside the bounds of what we usually call memory. She says, “As the world becomes increasingly technological, my work moves in the opposite direction, to the point where now I tie two pieces of string together, bend some sticks, form plaster in my hands, and mold clay. Reducing art making down to the most elemental means of expression, the simplest creative task, challenges and satisfies me. Much of my current artwork pushes back against the world of increasingly complex technologies that, paradoxically, in an effort to connect us, instead separate and isolate us, removing us from authentic experience. The slow building of one stitch upon another exists within an ancient time frame, virtually un-experienced in the contemporary, digital society.”

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