With an opening on the evening of First Friday Art Walk, May 2, the Arnold Art Gallery will host a truly unique artist, Karmien Bowman, from Flower Mound. The artist describes her work as ”functional or sculptural, serious social concern or whimsy... I like to work in real space, using natural materials. Clay or bronze, are the two media that fascinate me most over the years. There is no illusion in the three dimensional form and I enjoy solving how that works with a concept.” They are designed to be on the floor, on the wall and on pedestals.
The diversity of the art work includes a larger-than-lifesized bronze toad (“...large enough to fill up the back of my car...”), a shino-glazed vase, ceramic plaques and chargers, and multi-pieced fragments of ”waves” assembled across the wall. Unlike many contemporary artists, Ms. Bowman’s artwork isn’t produced in multiple piece series tied together around an idea, but rather in limited, often singular, forms that are both about parallel ideas and tangential ideas that merge in new more subtle forms. The title of the Exhibit is ”Parallel Tangents” which at first sounds contradictory but after seeing the work, makes perfect sense.
The artist told me that ”I am always searching and experimenting… on some tangent” and I only want to make my inspired singular result of many conceptual versions.
The result may seem unrelated to my previous work, but it has evolved to its present form. I am not interested in duplication. ”Her physical work leaps ahead of the last piece to follow an idea, as pace-shot if you will, instead of following a highway. Idea connects the pieces, such as A and E are two letters in a sequence, for example, with out the B, C and D.
Bowman’s career as a very young artist was kick-started with a Best Show Prize for a ceramic functional sculpture at the Woodstock Festival, New York in 1969. Since then, her work has been exhibited and awarded in nearly one hundred national and regional group and solo shows. She has authored numerous publications, presented workshops, including National Conference On Education for the Ceramic Arts NCECA, has served as competition juror throughout Texas and as a liaison between numerous art and education groups.
“The opening reception for ”Parallel Tangents” is May 2, 5-7:00 at the Arnold Art Gallery and the exhibit will remain on view at the Arnold Art Gallery through June3, 9-5, M-Sat. Everyone is invited - you just have to see the Frog!