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Secret Life of Objects and Mike Norman
March 5 - April 18Free and open to the public
In this Secret Life of Objects, our curators bring together artists who imagine the life of a ceramic object beyond the pedestal through drawing, collage, and film. The Secret Life of Objects will share the most compelling clay work crossing material boundaries and will draw in new audiences to engage in the role of voyeuristic observer. The representational object, presented in a frozen moment, will be re-presented through various narrative devices—a non-traditional approach to interrupt our process of perception. Artist in this exhibition include: Natalia Arbelaez, Stephen Bird, Arthur Gonzales, Valerie Ling, Leslie Macklin, and Anu-Laura Tuttelberg.
Mike Norman’s work is allegorical, alchemic, poetic, and deeply influenced by his ceramic roots in “Minge-sota.” Norman grew up in Duluth near the shore of Lake Superior with his artist parents about whom the neighbors would whisper, “they are Bohemians.” He and his sister spent their childhood reading, painting, building forts, and creating imagined adventures in the wilderness. At his grandparents’ farm, he developed a deep love of animals and a particular affinity for the big black and brown floppy-eared dog named Rip. You can see Rip and other animals Norman has loved, over and over again in the illustrations on his pots and the figures in his sculpture. These animals have become part of his lexicon, his personal taxonomy of stand-ins for nostalgic adventure and poetic iconography. This retrospective of Norman’s work will celebrate his career of over 50 years and will feature new sculpture made specifically for the exhibition.
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