For Immediate Release:
Quiet Heroism: The Work of Michelle Holzapfel
New Exhibition at The Modern Archive – September 10 – October 25, 2015
Essay by Davira S. Taragin
Lorry Parks Dudley and The Modern Archive, an online gallery specializing in modern design, craft and art, are pleased to annouce the release of their newest exhibition, “Quiet Heroism: The Work of Michelle Holzapfel”. The accompanying essay by esteemed curator and scholar, Davira S. Taragin, discusses Holapfel’s sculptural work in depth and her established place within the history of craft media of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
Michelle Holzapfel (born 1951) is a turner, carver, and sculptor. Largely self-taught, she focuses her attention on the hardwoods native to her surroundings, often calling forth her sculptures from single blocks and expressing various themes such as the vessel form, pattern and decoration, illusionism, and space.
Four unique and extraordinary sculptures by Michelle Holzapfel will be offered for sale including two of her vessel forms. The vessel is one of her most frequent vehicles of expression. However, unlike many other early turners, her vessels are intended as an expression of the self—an especially meaningful element when we consider that she was one of the first woman turners in a male-dominated field. “I take the vessel off the pedestal, making it real. It becomes a stand in for the human being. As subject matter, it is about being a woman. She once said, “My work originates from the desire to give shape to the quiet heroism of the domestic realm, the basis of life and culture.”
The exhibition will also include two major wall sculptures including Holzapfel’s masterpiece of trompe l’oeil, “Rage Correctly”. Created from one single piece of basswood, it has been carved, burned, bleached, and gilded. For Holzapfel, the sculpture has its roots in both Dutch seventeenth- century still life “vanitas” painting and the exquisite collages of the German early twentieth-century master Kurt Schwitters. It is a technical tour-de-force of complexity and delivery.
Davira S. Taragin is a curator, writer, and lecturer specializing in modern and contemporary decorative arts, design, and craft. She has organized over forty traveling exhibitions and written extensively, including co-authoring the publication Furniture by Wendell Castle. She is well known as a leading expert in twentieth-century glass and a lifelong champion and scholar of the Studio movement.
The Modern Archive’s past changing online exhibitions include “What is it about Memphis?” and “Heroic Vision: The Works of Albert Paley”. Both exhibitions include in-depth essays by the founder, Lorry Parks Dudley, and are on view at www.themodernarchive.com.
For additional information and digital images please contact:
Lorry Parks Dudley
The Modern Archive