Staged Stories: Renwick Craft Invitational 2009 showcases the talent of four exceptional artists: Christyl Boger, Mark Newport, Mary Van Cline, and SunKoo Yuh. Working in the traditional media of clay, fiber, and glass, these artists push their material to communicate in new ways. Theatrical elements—including props, costumes, and narration—bind together these varied works. Boger creates idealized ceramic figures that entrance viewers by their gaze. Newport knits superhero costumes that mix adolescent male subject matter with craft techniques usually pursued by women. Van Cline constructs glass sculptures that incorporate photographs of enigmatic scenes, ultimately creating dreamlike environments. Yuh’s ceramic sculptures incorporate crowded figures that compress multiple stories into a multicultural narrative. Author Kate Bonansinga explores the many ways these artists employ disguise and staging and lend them meaning.
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