Friday, October 21, 2011

Exhibition - Terra Nova: Polymer Art at the Crossroads

Every so often something truly
groundbreaking occurs.

The Polymer Collection at the
Racine Art Museum will make its
debut this weekend.
To celebrate the establishment of
this permanent collection
 RAM is showing a group exhibition
of polymer artists who are considered
 the groundbreaking,
early adopters of this specific material.
The purpose of this exhibit is to highlight
 the history and development of polymer
 art and craft over the last 30 years.

Terra Nova: Polymer Art at the Crossroads
reflects on the history of all things polymer.
Featuring a comprehensive collection of
over 200 objects made of polymer,
it includes jewelry, sculptural objects,
 and furniture.

This exhibition features exemplary pieces from
34 artists. From this large group a smaller group of
 "8 Boundary Breakers" are being showcased.
These artists are recognized for their
extraordinary contributions to the field.

The "Boundary Breakers" are Bonnie Bishoff and
J.M. Syron, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Kathleen Dustin,
Steven Ford and David Forlano, Tory Hughes,
Cynthia Toops, Pier Voulkos, and Elise Winters.

Each will be represented by new work as
well as historical pieces showing their
experimentation with polymer.

Other participating artists include: Jamey Allen,
Kathleen Amt, Rachel Carren, Dan Cormier,
 Debra DeWolff,  Gwen Gibson, Linda Goff, Michael Grove,
Ruth Anne Grove, Lindly Haunani, Carl Hornberger,
 Donna Kato, Ronnie Kirsch, Judy Kuskin, Maggie Maggio,
Wendy Wallin Malinow, Sandra McCaw, Linda Pedersen,
Nan Roche, Sarah Shriver, Carol Simmons,
Barbara Sperling, Melanie West, and Amy Zinman.

 Additionally, this exhibition will be memorialized
by an accompanying
illustrated hardcover 140-page book,
 "Terra Nova:  Polymer at the Crossroads"
published by RAM.
It includes portfolio sections highlighting
each of the exhibition's "Boundary Breakers"
with images of their work, a brief artist statement
 and a concise exhibition history. 

The exhibition will run
October 21, 2011 through February 5, 2012.
For more information see the

All photos via Polymer Art Archive

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