Near at HandCurated by Betsy Odom
Dec 2016 – Jan 2017
The objects in Near at Hand command close inspection: familiar materials and techniques come together in unexpected ways. Methodical craft and precise media give dynamic forms the suggestion of narrative underpinnings. The artists present works that are as elegant as they are awkward, skillfully utilizing craft to strike this balance. As such, the role of the hand can be seen as part of the conversation. Yarn is stretched to physically transform its host, found objects constitute handmade assemblages, and balance is achieved through a delicate touch. Although each artist approaches sculpture from a different angle, they share an interest in addressing questions of materiality, history, and the body.