Ties to Modernism:
Nicholette Kominos, Kristan Marvell
and Michael Todd
March 5 – April 12, 2015
This show reaffirms the continued relevance of modernism in today’s eclectic post-modern world and gives a glimpse into the processes that lead from modernism to post-modernism. This show explores the work of three artists, Michael Todd, Kristan Marvell, and Nicholette Kominos. Todd and Marvell are firmly rooted in modernism, whereas Kominos sees herself on the cusp between these two movements.
Todd and Kominos construct using line, silhouette, and space without mass, whereas Marvell dominates space with mass. Todd and Marvell’s rugged or elegant sculptures often use heavy materials such as bronze or steel, but they are also comfortable with more fragile substances such as ceramic or Styrofoam. Kominos’ work with its accepting awkwardness and hand-made feel is more ephemeral, and post-modern influences are apparent in her construction techniques that combine traditional art processes with craft and utilitarian methods such as weaving, and cutting and pasting.