Posted: 20 June, 2012.
The Art Association of Jackson Hole is pleased to present Michele Oka Doner: Earth Fire Air Water, from June 1st to July 27th 2012. Organized and curated by Camille Obering, the show will highlight Oka Doner’s life long interest in connecting nature and humanity through both art practice and design objects. The Art Association will be collaborating with Dancers’ Workshop, which will present dance programming inspired by Oka Doner’s work in the gallery space during the opening night event June 1st and on Center Stage Theatre at the Center for the Arts, June 15th and 16th. Collaboration with Dancers’ Workshop will offer unique cultural programming highlighting the connections between visual and performing arts.
Michele Oka Doner: Earth Fire Air Water: The selected pieces in this show reflect Oka Doner’s own interpretation of the elements. The show will include five 96 x 48 inch, one 72 x 36 inch, and two 46 x 46 inch relief prints from organic material such as grasses, roots, and branches, representing earth. The organic material is composed on printing plates to reflect the human form in various ways. This involves both risk taking and the element of chance, as the materials have the inclination to move as they are inked and then subjected to the rigors of the printing process itself. When the press blankets are pulled back and the image revealed, the resulting larger than life figures seem to have given birth to themselves. Placed on the floor in the middle of the surrounding human relief prints will be Oka Doner’s star bases (fire), cast bronze sculptures resembling root systems and which hold candles. The star bases are reminiscent of explosions, with energy bursting from the center of the form. They are derived from forming rotting wood elements, the detritus of very old tree roots – the flotsam and jetsam of the woods – with wax.
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