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'Sculpt Mettle: Redux! A Henry G. Michaux Retrospective' Comes to Charleston
1/13/2017 2:46:47 PM

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presents Sculpt Mettle: Redux! A Henry G. Michaux Retrospective, Jan. 21 through Feb. 26, 2017. The exhibition will open with a reception Friday, Jan. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. A panel discussion on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. will include the curator, associate curator and catalog designer, catalog essayist, a venue coordinator and members of The Crate Factory, a group of community individuals selected specifically for the Sculpt Mettle Project. They will discuss both the artist's work and the execution of this traveling exhibition. Both events are free and open to the public.

This retrospective, which has traveled to galleries and museums across the Carolinas, showcases sculpture, ceramic, and graphic works created by Henry G. Michaux between the years of 1967 and 1997. This presentation is an eclectic collection which includes art pieces fabricated and sculpted with clay, wood, metals, fibers and found objects, as well as paintings, drawings and mixed media works. Dr. Michaux, former associate professor of Art at South Carolina State University, appropriates objects from one context and transposes them through creative tinkering into art objects that challenge the viewer to pause in reflective thought.

The thirty three works presented in Sculpt Mettle: Redux! provide a fascinating breadth of technical skill and depth of design knowledge. The works include ceramic pottery, mixed media sculptural works, as well as drawings and paintings. In this array of art objects, Michaux combines wood, rope, found and appropriated objects, assorted metals, materials, and media. He experiments with and develops an aesthetic language that touches upon several modern and post-modern movements. In some instances the works are difficult to align with a specific stylistic idiom. Taken as a whole, they are solidly the products of their own time, yet they exist in a hybrid art milieu that pays tribute to the history of American art and the Arts and Crafts movement.


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