For Kavanagh, the oval has always been the most pleasing form from which to embark on a sculptural exploration. She feels the oval’s elongated shape allows for greater flexibility in removing mass. While staying true to the lines of the exterior, negative space remains complimentary to the whole. Kavanagh likes the way an oval’s curves bend light both inside and out.
In this latest series of sculptures, called “Oval Edge Forms,” Kavanagh created conditions where negative space becomes such an integral part of the form that the oval, in its essential elliptical configuration, is sensed by what is missing. Each sculpture began with a solid three-dimensional oval form. The pieces were carved from polystyrene, covered with polymer, and painted.
Cornelia Kubler Kavanagh has had six solo exhibitions in New York City. She has shown her sculptures at the Venice Biennale, three OPEN exhibitions in Venice-Lido, Miami’s design district during Art Basel Miami Beach, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, New York’s American Museum of Natural History, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, SOFA Chicago, IL, and numerous regional museums and galleries throughout the country. Starting May 2018, her celebration of Ice Age goddess figures of the Upper Paleolithic will be on display at the Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven, CT. Important installations include the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, the University Medical Center of Princeton in Plainsboro, NJ, Yale New Haven Hospital, the Dwight School in Englewood, NJ and the Lancaster Winery in Healdsburg, CA. To see the full range of her work visit: www.corneliakavanagh.com.
Gustavo Ten Hoever was born in Uruguay and attended photography school in Montevideo, Uruguay before moving to New York in 1986. He now divides his time between Paris and New York. After an eye opening time spent travelling into the Brazilian Amazon, he began shooting for his first photo exhibition, “Full Moon People,” covering the indigenous people of this region. Since then, Ten Hoever has travelled continuously and exhibited internationally with shows in New York, Connecticut, London, Paris, Geneva, Zurich and Gstaad, while his editorial work can be seen in publications around the world. Publications featuring his work include L’Insené, I-D Magazine, French Vogue, Wall Street Journal, US Vogue, Arena, and The New Yorker. His clients include Hermès, Rei Kawakubo, Dosa, Editions Gallimard, Persol, Orange, Harrods, Martin Margiela and Chaumet. Over the past 15 years, Gustavo has shifted his attention to a more personal photographic journey, capturing the natural beauty and poetry of places and people. A spiritual quest to capture the essence of place or person informs Ten Hoever’s photography which is distinguished by this unaffected interaction of nature and space, beings and objects.