The Dedee Shattuck Gallery is pleased to present, Phantom Limb Company: Jessica Grindstaff and Erik Sanko; with Sculpture by Susan Clinard, artists who explore the art and storytelling within puppetry, sculpture and theatre.
Phantom Limb Company (PLC) is known for its work with marionette-puppetry and focus on collaborative, multi-media theatrical production and design. Co-founded by artist, director and set designer Jessica Grindstaff and composer and puppet maker Erik Sanko, Phantom Limb has been lauded for its unconventional approach to this venerable format with a particular focus on combining the body, dance and puppetry. They have collaborated with Tony Taccone, Lemony Snicket, Danny Elfman, Jim Jarmusch, The Kronos Quartet, Gavin Friday, Ryan Heffington, Jeffery Zeigler, Dai Matsuoka (Sankai Juku) and Sophie Hunter among others. For the past decade, PLC has been developing a trilogy that grapples with human relationship to nature and climate change. The first, “69˚S,” opened in 2011 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and toured extensively. The second, “Memory Rings,” centered around the oldest known living tree on earth, premiered in Nashville and toured to NYC and Los Angeles. The final piece, “Falling Out,” is a cross-cultural collaboration with Japan in the form of butoh, Flex dance and puppetry and will premiere in Nashville in October 2018 with subsequent dates at BAM in NYC and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Susan Clinard first touched clay at age 19. She recalls the immediate sensory connection she made with the material; the smell, its texture and shadows. Following a degree in Sculpture and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan, Clinard moved to Chicago where her gift for storytelling took root. While exhibiting her art throughout the city, she also taught stone carving at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and sculpture at the Palette and Chisel Academy and Gallery 37. Most of Clinard’s work incorporates found objects such as driftwood, photographs, tools, weavings and industrial wood patterns. These objects, combined with figurative fragments, allow her to explore themes of our shared and complex humanity. As Clinard writes, “My work is an exploration of nature’s forms, distorted and perfect, found and inspired. It is simply art reflective of life which contains the ugly and the beautiful without interruption.”
The Dedee Shattuck Gallery invites the public to an artists' reception to celebrate the opening on Saturday, October 6, from 5-7pm, including an artist talk at 6pm.