Life in Color: Sculptural works in glass, ceramic, and polymer clay.
On Friday, October 4th, 2019, Canyon Road Contemporary Art, 622 Canyon Road, will present the exquisitely crafted and imaginative works of glass by Doug Gillis, ceramic animals by Kari Rives, and polymer clay by Adam Thomas Rees. Gillis and Rives will be present at the reception, and will hold live demonstrations at the gallery the following day, Saturday the 5th, from 11 to 3.
As a group, these three run the gamut of color use; Doug Gillis's glass pieces use layers of colored glass for a soft, spectral effect, Kari Rives glazes her animals again and again to create layers of glaze which interact in unexpected and beautiful ways, and Adam Thomas Rees uses fully saturated modelling clay to create tiny pictures all over the surface of his wild creatures. This show promises incredibly detailed, one-of-a-kind works by all three artists.
Educated in Boston, Kari Rives began her career as an expressionist painter, and she has not forgotten these roots even as she concentrates on sculpture. Her animal figures retain a painterly feel through the softness of her touch on the clay, and through the many layers of glaze she applies. We invite you to experience for yourself the richness of their expression and personality.
Doug Gillis’s contemporary wall pieces are made of many layers of colored glass, often sandwiching unexpected and experimental materials such as aluminum foil, wire mesh, and even organic material. These materials react to the heat and the glass in interesting, often spectacular ways. Like Rees, Gillis has a strong relationship with color, sometimes employing bold color-blocking techniques, sometimes subtler layers interspersed with clear glass. These pleasing and masterful pieces are presented on simple silver backs to reveal the way they interact with the light.
The polymer clay animal sculptures by Rees have been compared in quality to Faberge eggs. The technique employed by the artist in applying the polymer clay inlays is called “millefiori”, meaning “a thousand flowers”. In Rees’ case, the resulting images are each singularly spectacular, depicting varied subject matter from The Arches National Monument to a cardinal picking a cherry, all assembled onto one particular animal sculpture. These sculptures, while spectacularly colorful, manage still to reflect the particular character and expression of each animal, be it rabbit, fish, or buffalo.