CONSTRUCTED VISIONS juried byErin Furimsky
St. Louis Artists Guild
Opening reception | Friday September 12, 2014 6:00 - 8:30pm
Constructed Visions is a juried exhibition of sculpture and fine craft from artisans around the country, including work in ceramics, fibers, glass, paper, metal and wood. This exhibition features both traditional and non-traditional, functional and non-functional approaches to sculpture and fine craft.
I am proud to have had the opportunity to act as juror for the St. Louis Artists’ Guild’s exhibition Constructed Visions. It was an honor to be trusted with this job. As the call for entry stated the show was open to many different media, both traditional and non-traditional approaches to these materials, and functional and non-functional forms. As one would expect, a range of widely divergent works — from traditional vessels and jewelry, to figurative sculpture and installation — were all represented. In the end, I chose 64 works, and to do so required eliminating some very fine pieces. There were many outstanding works to choose from. Quite frankly, the final choices reflect my own set of prejudices and opinions about contemporary clay, fiber, wood, metal, glass, found objects, paper, and mixed media. I gravitated towards sculptural abstract works with implied narratives, a strong understanding of one’s chosen material, a sense of craftsmanship and personal vision, and attention to detail. Coming from the field of ceramics, I also have a deep appreciation for works rooted in function with a flair for design. — Erin Furimsky