Remembrances of Place

Exhibit Dates: 
Aug 17, 2013 - Nov 24, 2013
E. Avery Draper Showcase
Functioning as a site for the interaction between seemingly disparate elements, artist Mike Stofiel’s work resides within a liminal space between the categories of the natural and built environments as well as art and craft. Constructed from reclaimed and still living organic materials, the artist describes his constructions as ecotones, or the transitional areas between biomes from the Greek terms for house (eco) and tension (tone). This tension between categorization calls to mind the works of 20th century artist Isamu Noguchi (1904 - 1988), who, while creating purely sculptural works, also blurred the lines between art and craft by creating functional works of art that were only fully realized in their everyday use as furniture.
By incorporating flora in his structures Stofiel calls to attention the necessity of finding a sense of harmony between natural and built landscapes. Rather than perceiving them as at odds, he posits that the two can coexist in a state of precarious equilibrium within in our daily lives. 
J. Gordon
Curatorial Associate