FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 5, 2008
MENDOCINO COLLEGE, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482
Contact: Lisa Lunde, Public Information & Marketing Assistant
T: 707-468-3063, Fax: 707-468-3008, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
File: NR-Robert Brady and Sandy Simon
Photo: NR-MC Brady/Simon sculptures
Mendocino College Art Gallery is honored to present an exhibit of works by Bay Area artists Robert Brady and Sandy Simon September 18 through October 26 with an opening reception Thursday September 18th form 4 to 6pm.
Robert Brady is a world class sculptor of ceramics and mixed media. He has exhibited internationally and is in many museum collections. His work has been shown since 1974 but a mid-career survey at the Crocker Art Museum in the 1980s began a series of important museum shows and exhibitions that continue to this day. Brady has been a professor of art at California State University, Sacramento for the past 30 years. When California ceramics and sculpture is talked about, Robert Brady is in the conversation.
His work in clay and wood has a timeless iconic quality that reminds one of fetish-like figures, angels, and masks. His abstracted figurative sculptures share a lineage with predecessors like the great Isamu Noguchi, Jean Arp, and Constantin Brancusi. Brady began his artistic career and national reputation with his work in clay before venturing into wood sculpture, but continues working in clay collaborating with ceramic artist Sandy Simon.
Simon has been at the forefront of utilitarian ceramics for overtwo decades. Her clean and elegant functional objects have been exhibited in shows nation wide and are collected extensively. Simon is also the owner, curator and operator of Trax Gallery in Berkeley CA. which focuses on ceramics and sculpture. She is an important part of a growing movement that has been called the "New Functionalists" that lift their utilitarian work in clay to the level of fine art. Both artists share an appreciation for the unique qualities specific materials possess, as well as a reverence for all natural materials and plant forms.
Friday September 19th from 9am-3pm, Sandy Simon and Robert Brady will offer a workshop at Mendocino College Ceramics Studio. This day long presentation by two of California's leading ceramic artists will feature demonstrations, lectures, and a tour of their exhibit in the Mendocino College Gallery. For more information on the workshop, call the Mendocino College Ceramics Lab at 468-3087.For further information on the exhibit, call the gallery at 468-3207.
Created: September 05, 2008 @ 08:48 AM
Last Modified: May 08, 2009 @ 08:26 AM