A piece from James Carl: woof at GFS

James Carl makes his first major U.S. debut with two parallel sculpture exhibitions this season. James Carl: oof is a monumentally scaled wall relief constructed from corrugated cardboard in the East Gallery. It uses the iconic cast-pulp commercial egg carton as a formal starting point and explodes that structure across the full length of the East Gallery’s 80-foot-long accordion-shaped wall. The title of the work alludes simultaneously to the visual punch of the piece and to the French word, oeuf, meaning “egg.” It is on view through January 5, 2020.

James Carl: woof, on view in the Domestic Arts Building through March 17, 2019, features seven newly created works from Carl’s Jalousie series. The exhibition takes its name from the language of weaving: the warp and the woof (or weft) are the primary axes in woven material. The series of sculptures takes its title from the colloquial French name for venetian blinds: jalousie. The works are meticulously crafted using the slats of these blinds in a conventional weaving pattern that produces unconventional results.

Michael Rees: Synthetic Cells opened in GFS’s West Gallery on June 2 and is on view through July 14, 2019. This exhibition presents an unparalleled dialogue between object, perception, and reality. Rees’ newest sculptures challenge the viewer to experience how the boundaries of our physical and digital experiences are converging. In this exhibition, he continues to explore materials by using inflatable objects — supplemented with the overlay of augmented reality — to add multiple layers of complex semiotic relationality.

Rees has created seven 10-foot cube sculptures in varying hues of vinyl as well as augmented reality dioramas of animals and insects, activated by tablet computers that are part of the exhibition. Hovering one of the supplied tablet devices near these images applied to the walls and the vinyl skin of five of the seven cubes images generates a composite view, or augment, for the visitor that overlays the tangible work.

Also on view in the Museum Building and outdoor gardens through March 17, 2019, is Masayuki Koorida: Sculpture. This is Koorida’s first major exhibition in the U.S. It features 26 of the artist’s sculptures including several large-scale pieces carved in granite and marble as well as new stone works created for this exhibition. Smaller works on the mezzanine gallery feature mediums including stainless steel and acrylic. Nine of Koorida’s new graphite drawings complete the installation.

All of the exhibitions currently on view at Grounds For Sculpture are curated by Chief Curator, Tom Moran.

About Grounds For Sculpture.Grounds For Sculpture (GFS), located in Hamilton, is a 42-acre not-for-profit sculpture park and arboretum founded by Seward Johnson. Its collection features more than 270 contemporary sculptures by renowned and emerging artists. Exhibitions change seasonally in six indoor galleries. With rich educational offerings, a robust schedule of performing arts, and fun family events, the park is open year-round. Shopping and dining options complement every visit. For hours, admission prices, and a calendar of events, visit www.groundsforsculpture.org. Stay up to date at facebook.com/groundsforsculpture.

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