Entwined: Bethany Krull and Jesse Walp @ Indigo Art

ENTWINED

“We met twelve years ago in art school and since that time, our lives and our artistic practices have ebbed and flowed and intertwined.  Over the years we have often had the opportunity to make sculpture side by side in shared studios, and this closeness led us to create work that, at times, has been both conceptually and formally tied with our respective works each containing influences of the other’s. The relatively new role we now share as parents has brought us together in a much more profound way, where in both life and art, we are not just influencing each other, but truly collaborating.

Jesse Walp

“The aim for my sculpture has always been for it to feel as if imbued with life, like it has grown into existence of its own volition.  These forms suggest plant growth and also borrow from the animal realm with outstretched stems, plump clusters, and layered segments.  As I create these pieces, I am inspired by thoughts of the internal energies and processes that bring natural forms into being, and hope these works promote exploration and elicit discovery.  As a man who spent his childhood in a home built deep in the woods, I feel an urgent need to foster in my children an understanding of how compelling, beautiful and complex nature is, especially because their early years are being spent in a house, on a postage stamp yard, within a concrete landscape.  Though squeezed within the confines of the built environment, the dandelions pushing up through the cracks in the sidewalk, the rolly pollies underneath the rock in the backyard, and the decaying log in the park still play a very significant role in their understanding of the natural world.”

Bethany Krull

“The influence of motherhood has made its mark on my work, and the animal figure has become much more personally symbolic to me since I have had children. The hungry baby bird, and the furless and helpless newborn mouse perfectly embody this season of my life, where nurturing and protection are paramount.  Explorations of the beauty, vulnerability and fragility of the natural world, and our species influence on its degradation go hand in hand with a desire to shelter my children and to ensure their blissful ignorance as they are threatened by countless dangers.  Concerns about the morality of our politics, the health of our environment, and our own species’ ultimate survival are amplified when they are seen as a reflection in the eyes of our children.”

Show is up April 21 – May 27 @ Indigo Art in Buffalo NY

 

 

Bethany Krull, Where are the Wild Things? @ Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University

Resurrection of Gemini 2013
Porcelain, wood
51”H x 60’W x 24”D

Runs from January 26th through May 4th, with an
opening reception and artist talk from 2-4pm on January 26th. 

Where are the Wild Things?, investigates the integration of non-human
animals into our own built environments, specifically the home and its
surroundings. The home can be seen as a place that functions to hold
nature at bay, keeping everything wild and unpredictable outside its
walls. However, there are always creatures that find their way in and
take up residence whether unwanted or invited. Although humans take
great measures to separate themselves from nature, and to keep the
“pests” away, we also cannot resist the need to be connected to that
which we came from ourselves. In and around our homes the evidence of
both our unease and our desire to be connected to the natural world is
everywhere, however contrived and controlled it may be.  

Embedded 2013
Porcelain, wood, synthetic grass
7”H x 13”W x 9”D

Embedded 2013
Porcelain, wood, synthetic grass
7”H x 13”W x 9”D

Resurrection of Fluffy 2013
Porcelain, wood, string
24”H x 20”W x 10”D
Resurrection of Fluffy 2013
Porcelain, wood, string
24”H x 20”W x 10”D

www.castellaniartmuseum.org
Address: Castellani Art Museum  |  PO Box 1938  |  Niagara University, NY 14109-1938

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Tamed: Recent work by Bethany Krull at Indigo Art




Tamed; Recent work by Bethany Krull will open at Indigo Art on March 2nd with a “First Friday” reception from 6-9 pm. The exhibition will run through March 31s t.

Krull’s porcelain and mixed media animal sculptures illustrate both mans love of the natural world as well as its tendency to maintain domination over other species. Her current series “Dominance and Affection” speaks specifically to our relationship with the creatures we have made into companions. She states, “In today’s increasingly nature deprived society the most intimate connection with the natural world tends to be with plants and animals that have been drastically altered through the process of domestication. Wild animals have been turned into pets, genetically sculpted into sweeter, cuter, less dangerous versions of themselves. We shower our pets with love at the same time we cage and contain them and it is this affection contradicting complete control that I am interested in illustrating in my work. For no amount of love lavished upon these creatures will erase the fact that the success of the relationship lies in our complete domination over all aspects of their existence.

Krull, a Buffalo native who has recently moved back to the area, studied ceramics at Buffalo State College where she is now teaching as an adjunct instructor in the design department. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from the School for American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology and went on to travel the country teaching and working at various community art centers. Her work has been included in many regional, national and international venues including, The Meadows Museum in Shreveport, Louisiana, The New Hampshire Institute of Art, David Castillo Gallery in Miami, Florida, The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana as well as The Mordes Collection in West Palm Beach, Florida. Her last solo exhibition in Buffalo was held at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in 2010. Indigo Art 74 Allen Street Buffalo NY 14202 Hours: noon-5pm, Tuesday-Friday noon-3pm, Saturday or by appointment Phone: 716-984-9572
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