Karen LaMonte "Drapery Abstractions"

Heller Gallery

poster for Karen LaMonte "Drapery Abstractions"

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LaMonte, who is best known for her hauntingly beautiful cast glass dresses which explore the juxtaposition between the body, our physical skin, and the dress as our social skin, moves into new territory in Drapery Abstractions. The drapery bas-reliefs in cast glass and porcelain, premiering in this exhibition, represent an evolution of her work from figurative to abstract. In speaking to curator Tina Oldknow, LaMonte said explaining the progression in her work: ‘My two topographies of body and dress became joined in a third: the landscape. Where the human figure is an object of beauty, the landscape inspires the sublime.’

The fluid folds and subtle play of translucency and opacity in the glass panels and light and shadow in the ceramic, stand as metaphor not only for cloth but also skin, paint dissolving in water, smoke, landscape and architecture.

LaMonte, a New York City native, received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1990. In 1998, after several years of living and working as an artist in New York City, she won a Fulbright Fellowship, which enabled her to live and work in the Czech Republic, to pursue the casting of her large-scale sculptures.



from October 21, 2010 to December 04, 2010

Opening Reception on 2010-10-21 from 17:00 to 19:00
The artist will be present.


Karen LaMonte

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