Renwick Craft Invitational 2009
- Features the work of four exceptional artists: Christyl Boger, Mark Newport, Mary Van Cline and SunKoo Yuh
Staged Stories: Renwick Craft Invitational 2009 showcases the talent of four exceptional artists: Christyl Boger, MarkNewport, Mary Van Cline and SunKoo Yuh. Working in the traditional media of clay, fibre and glass, these artists push their material to communicate in new ways. As the title suggests, theatrical elements – including props, costumes and narration – bind together these varied works. Christyl Boger creates idealised ceramic figures that entrance viewers by their gaze. Mark Newport knits superhero costumes that mix adolescent male subject matter with craft techniques usually pursued by women. Mary Van Cline constructs glass sculptures that incorporate photographs of enigmatic scenes, ultimately creating dreamlike environments. SunKoo Yuh’s ceramic sculptures incorporate crowded figures that compress multiple stories into a multicultural narrative. Here, author Kate Bonansinga explores the many ways these artists employ disguise and staging, and lend them meaning.
Kate Bonansinga is the director and chief curator of the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Texas at El Paso.