Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cybele Rowe: This Woman's Work

Featured artist at the Art Foundry Gallery:
Cybele Rowe
This Woman’s Work

February 2 – March 5, 2011

Describing clay as the most honest and sensual of media, Cybele Rowe’s love affair with the medium began in her birthplace of Sydney, Australia. As a young graduate of the highly regarded City Art University of New South Wales, she landed a show at the oldest and largest gallery in Sydney; an art grant soon followed from the Australian Government, which enabled her to travel the world. She later moved to New York, where Rowe exhibited her work and lectured at the Smithsonian Institution.

With the birth of her first child she and her husband, illustrator Peter Bollinger, moved to the West Coast and remodeled a 100-year-old dance hall in Southern California to encompass her dramatic, large-scale sculptural works. Rowe found a ceramic patron in Bryan Dansell of Mission Clay in Corona, California, and creates many of her huge abstracts inside the enormous beehive kilns at the facility.

Equally comfortable working in bronze, vitrified clay, or polymer media, Rowe creates bold, enigmatic forms imbued with the mysteries of fertility and the female. Husks addresses the archetypal question of a woman’s purpose after creating life; while the recent series, The Evolution of the Curve or Curvelution accentuates the power of the curve as it bends and curves into an erotic, colorful, and playful form.

“There is nothing sexier than a curve, there is nothing more simple than clay, there is nothing more thrilling than huge amounts of thermal energy and the alchemy that comes with it.”

Opening Reception:

Second Saturday, February 12, 2011

6 - 9 pm

For more information go to artfoundrygallery.com