Clark Derbes - Louise - 2014 15.25 x 22.75 x carved and poly-chromed maple
Clark Derbes cuts and carves sculptural objects forged with a chain saw from tree stumps and blocks of wood. Color and form inspired by sources ranging from Early-American gameboards, quilts and tramp art, to urban architecture are translated by Derbes into sculptures of carved ash, poplar, pine and elm, and polished to a satiny shine. Derbes uses a complex patina process that can include ash, pigment, mud, and other organic material to address the object's life as an artifact, its age and history. His dazzling color schemes and spatial illusions flirt with Trompe-l'œil and Op-art themes.The velvety smoothness of his objects invite the viewer to caress the surface.
Clark Derbes was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1978. He earned a BFA at Louisiana State University, and currently lives and works in Vermont, Louisiana, and Texas.
Dawn Southworth’s newest body of work has an underlying formal elegance. Having been a recipient of important grants and fellowhips in the categories of painting, drawing and sculpture, Dawn continues to cross disciplines. With her new works on paper and textiles, in addition to drawing, she works the materials with obsessive and repetitive methods including stitching, embroidering, cobbling, assorted fastening techniques, along with repeated tearing, piercing, cutting and burning. The exhibition also features several sculptural objects made of wooden forms skinned and cobbled with hammered and patinated copper.
Dawn Southworth is highly regarded in the arena of mixed media and drawing. Over the last twenty years, she has created an extraordinary body of work combining a vast range of materials and processes that resonate with personal and historical associations. Many of the objects she chooses, scorched and tattered ironing board covers, delicate fabrics, scraps of paper and cut metal capture the essence of those whose hands once used and touched these now discarded materials.
The larger works such as Time Capsules, Final Course, Foretold or Managerie are composed of many intimate drawings layered on a bed of ironing board covers, stitched together and mounted on paper. The residual stains in these vintage linens and cottons provide a subtle yet sophisticated patterning to the overall piece as do the delicately charred edges around each drawing. The smaller series incorporate salvaged scraps of metal artfully arranged and sewn to outline simple iconic shapes of our material culture derived from vessels, vases and bottles. These poetic images show a formal restraint and vocabulary rich in associational value. Southworth’s use of found objects, drawing, sewing, and pyrography are handsomely unified in well constructed and highly charged images.
Dawn Southworth’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Fuller Craft Museum and the DeCordova Museum among others. Her work is included in numerous private and corporate collections. She has been the recipient of two Massachusetts Cultural Council Grants, a NEFA/NEA Fellowship, and two Blanche E. Colman Awards.