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Michael Frimkess

Ecology Krater II (Out Biking with Aunt Samantha)
26 x 26 x 19 1/2 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance

Michael Frimkess's work takes its shape from the Greek krater, a vessel with prominent scroll handles and a wide mouth used to mix wine and water. On the krater bikers frolic in the open air of Southern California. The title, Ecology Krater II, refers to the animals below the flat lip of the vessel. On one side are endangered species while on the other are nonendangered, more common species. Although the decorative schemes seem unrelated, perhaps the opposite is true: we go about our lives oblivious to the reality that many species are quietly disappearing forever.