Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Duane Reed Gallery: Friday, 19 June 2009

Four Fired: Tip Toland, Misty Gamble, Cynthia Consentino, Beverly Mayeri
Opening Reception To Meet the Artists Friday, June !9th, 5-8 pm.
June 19-July 31, 2009
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Friday 10am - 6pm, Saturday 11am - 5pm, and by appointment.

Four Fired, a group exhibition featuring the work four female artists working in clay, whose figurative work transcends the clay tradition by exploring the human condition. Beautifully crafted and wildly imaginative work that addresses current issues such as identity, consumption, human desire and fear will be featured.

Tip Toland’s hauntingly realistic works evoke reaction as they show humanity in all states and at all ages. The synthetic hair and wax lips Toland uses add a further life-like quality to her brutally honest figures. Beverly Mayeri’s dream-like sculptures are subtlety, yet richly painted rather than glazed. She explores the contradiction and ever-changing sides of oneself, one’s yearnings and fear, strengths and fragility in her work. Consentino and Gamble look more to society and cultural mores for inspiration. Gamble’s eccentric personalities question the perception of normalcy and appropriateness of human and social behaviors, while Consentino layers her works with references to stories and metaphor to comment on “dualities and apparent incongruities" within gender and societal roles.

Duane Reed Gallery
ST. LOUIS, MO 63105


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