Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Forever

As I savor Freedom, I am also anticipating Forever. Forever is Clare Twomey's first solo exhibit in the United States, opening at the Nelson-Atkins Museum October 9th.


Twomey had been in Kansas City visiting the ceramics department at the Kansas City Art Institute when she had the opportunity to view the Burnap Collection of English ceramics. The collection, 1345 pieces, is the largest outside of England.


One of the things that intrigued Twomey was the permanence of the Burnaps' gift, "in trust forever." Which brings to the forefront of our minds the significance of the intent of the gift coupled with the fragility of the pieces themselves.


If you are familiar with Twomey's work (I was not), you know that several of her exhibits have been interactive. Consciousness/Conscience, above, was an installation involving 7000 hollow cast bone china tiles created to be destroyed.


Trophy included 4000 Wedgwood Jasper Blue clay birds scattered about Clay Courts that were taken by the audience.

And, Blossom was comprised of thousands of fragile ceramic flowers left to decompose out of doors.

Forever, too, allows the audience to interject itself into the exhibit. Twomey will install 1345 scaled-down replicas of an 18th century caudle cup from the Burnap collection at the Nelson. Visitors will have the opportunity to apply for ownership of one of the pieces. Each cup will be unique and numbered and the applicants must choose a specific cup in their requests. It's interesting to consider the responsibility the owners will have to their cups as the Nelson has had to the Collection. The cups will go home with their new caretakers when the exhibit closes January 2nd.

Top three images courtesy of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; remaining images courtesy of claretwomey.com.

6 comments:

pve design said...

mia culpa
no mistake, i would covet one of those cups.
gorgeous.
pve

Style Court said...

You're so fortunate that she's doing an installation at the Nelson! I'll be anxious to hear if you apply for a cup. Can't help thinking how wonderful it might be if a Twomey show one day comes to Birmingham -- maybe some sort of installation tied in with the Beeson Wedgwood Collection.

mary said...

Hi Patricia, It is interesting that you are featuring this artist and the concept of forever....... as it is what has been the focus of my thoughts lately. Nothing remains unchanged, but everything lasts "forever"--art, design, people, poetry: they are leave their footprints with us. Thanks for making me think, Mary

Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll said...

Oh, to have one of those cups! Beautiful. Hope you are well.

beachbungalow8 said...

the decomposing flowers made of porcelain concept is incredibly poetic. I'd love to see these in person.

Emom said...

What a completely generous gesture....smiles.