Sculpture by Anthony Becker
DateJune 20 - Aug 31, 2008
VenueWeston Art Gallery
Sue & Bill Friedlander, Robin & Murray Sinclaire, Jr., and Vanessa & Rick Wayne
CINCINNATI, Ohio–On Friday, June 20, from 6 to 9 p.m., the Cincinnati Arts Association's Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts will premiere three new summer exhibitions: Exodus/Elegy, an elegant installation by Anthony Becker inspired by the graceful flight of birds; piece•work, a series of meticulously crafted wood sculptures by Walter Zurko informed by the simple beauty and function of tools; and Fundamentalism, a new series of abstract paintings by Jeffrey Cortland Jones with enigmatic surfaces revealed through a succession of scraped layers.
For the past few years Anthony Becker has been making sculptures from an inexpensive brown paper commonly used by house painters as a drop cloth. Its lightweight nature allows for large, dramatic and airy creations that beautifully transmit light through their translucent skin. In Exodus/Elegy, Becker takes full advantage of the vertical expanse of the Weston Art Gallery's street-level exhibition space, creating two suspended veil-like forms that evoke the graceful flight of birds. The exhibition will also feature a pictorial diary of grounded birds arranged in a large grid of color drawings documenting the many deceased species the artist has observed in his daily travels to his studio.
Anthony Becker is a sculptor living in Cincinnati, OH, who has worked with a variety of materials to explore migration and flight. He earned a bachelor of arts from Yale University in New Haven, CT, in 1981. His sculpture has been featured at Owensboro Museum of Fine Art in Owensboro, KY; the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden in Cincinnati, OH; the Dayton Art Institute in Dayton, OH; and the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington, KY.
Gallery Talk Series: Sat., June 28 at 2 p.m.
Families Create! Education Workshop: Sat., June 28 at 10 a.m.