Joe Winter (‘06)
Barbara Walters Gallery at Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way, Bronxville, NY
February 10 - March 1, 2015
The Barbara Walters Gallery is pleased to present Domestic Arrangements, an exhibition of recent works by New York-based artist and former Sarah Lawrence visiting professor in sculpture Joe Winter. The exhibition will be open from January 28th to March 1st at the gallery’s location in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY.
An opening reception will be held Tuesday, January 27th from 5-8pm.
Domestic Arrangements presents works employing two distinct but joined material forms: cast ceramic and quilted fabric. Each mode investigates the aesthetics and forms of the contemporary American home by mimicking commonplace features. The works reflect an exploration of mass-produced materials that replicate the look of the natural or handcrafted, and the shifting values of class, skill, taste, or utility assigned to them.
Winter’s ceramic sculptures–which he titles Wall Units–play on the feel and look of home furnishings in the form of cabinets, kitchenware and wall mounted appliances. His porcelain forms impersonate those of china or crockery stacked within the darkened voids of wall-mounted boxes. In each work, the porcelain forms are cast from components of a single frozen “TV dinner,” arranged and inset from the sleek, laminated facades of the cabinets.
Similarly employing the aesthetic and textures of domestic construction and decorative materials, Winter’s fabric works form collages of imagined tile work and flooring. Perfect cutouts disrupt the natural geologic patterns, transforming the pieces into off-kilter kitchen or bathroom countertops missing their sink basins or fixtures. The sewn construction of the artworks themselves, too, evokes the history of domestic fiber arts, a softer craft partnered with the hardness of marble, stone, or wood surfaces.
The works take on an eerie quality in both their awkward fragmentation and their empty voids. Like unfinished home renovations, carefully measured holes remain unfilled, perforating the patchwork surfaces of the fabric pieces and cabinets alike. Both series of works create dynamic abstract compositions juxtaposing exact and inexact geometries, the precise and the home made. Winter’s Domestic Arrangements parse the antagonisms within the contemporary home itself, where even the most intimate personal moments are supported by the objects and materials of mass production.
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