Opening Reception | MARTHA CLIPPINGER: off-kilter

Friday, May 17, 2019

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy
118 E. Kingston Ave. #16
Charlotte, NC 28203

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Opening Reception | MARTHA CLIPPINGER: off-kilter

Hodges Taylor is pleased to present MARTHA CLIPPINGER: off-kilter, a solo exhibition featuring a selection of woven works, wooden constructions, ceramic reliefs, and works on paper by the Durham, North Carolina based artist. The opening reception with the artist will be held on Friday, May 17 from 6 to 8pm. An Artist Talk, moderated by independent curator, Jennifer Sudul Edwards, Ph.D., will be held on Saturday, June 22 at 11am. This is Martha Clippinger’s first exhibition with Hodges Taylor.

Clippinger’s colorful work engenders a space where art, design, functionalism, and formalism meet a bit off the beaten path. Undefined by the arguably arbitrary fine art versus craft divide, and unrestricted to a singular medium, the artist’s brightly hued works let us loosen up. From Clippinger’s childhood in Georgia to a longtime adoration of Bauhaus fiber artist Anni Albers to a pivotal collaboration with weavers in Oaxaca, Mexico to a recent residency in ceramics at Kohler, she creates a conversation of culture through the universal dialogue of color and form. Improvisation guides all of the work in which repeated elements flip, turn, and shuffle in their rhythmic compositions. As art critic Chris Vitiello recently wrote, “whether you look at Clippinger’s work effortlessly or with analytical rigor, you feel drawn in. This is a space where everything different from everything else coexists and makes sense.” For Clippinger, a little off-kilter is just right.

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