Andrew Crawford, Katherine Mitchell at Sandler Hudson

Sandler Hudson Gallery announces an exhibition of recent works by Atlanta artists Andrew Crawford and Katherine Mitchell.

“Andrew Crawford’s sculpture stems from a classical approach to object making. He finds his inspiration in everyday objects, often from his own workshop. Using traditional sculpture materials, innovative techniques, and an emphasis on craftsmanship, Crawford seeks to eliminate the utilitarian quality of useful objects, leaving their recognizable qualities to dictate their own identity. Exploring the relationship between manufactured items and hand made objects, he exploits the boundaries between mechanical and organic form. His goal is to create objects that invite the viewer to recognize and appreciate familiar imagery.”

Katherine Mitchell’s new body of work explores “the ways in which the houses in which we have lived in our early lives influence our dreams, day-dreams, creativity and art. The texts embedded in these paintings include many ideas from the French philosopher Gaston Bachelard, whose book The Poetics of Space was important in my conceiving of these works. He said, “Through poems [or paintings] we touch the ultimate poetic depth of the space of the house,” which “is one of the greatest powers of integration for the thoughts, memories, and dreams of mankind.” Bachelard also reflected on the importance of “a dream of elsewhere.” This idea is seen in the works based on journeys involving a formative, early experience of literature. The inner journey, like the inner dwelling, is essential.”

Andrew Crawford was born in Chatham, NJ and moved to Atlanta a year later. Crawford graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a concentration in Sculpture. “Crawford’s studio, the Andrew T. Crawford Ironworks, was founded in 1993 and is built on Crawford’s creation of functional objects, ornamental ironwork and industrial fabrication.” Crawford has three full-time craftsmen who collaborate with him in making sculpture and functional objects of original design.

Mitchell was born in Memphis, TN and now resides in Atlanta, GA. Katherine Mitchell received her BFA from Atlanta College of Art, MFA from Georgia State University and did Post-graduate studies at Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy. The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia presents, Places of Memory and Dreams, a solo exhibition opening December 17, 2011, continuing through March 31, 2012. This Working Artist Project exhibition was funded through the generosity of the Charles Loridans Foundation.

Through April 7.

Sandler Hudson Gallery
1009-A Marietta St. NW
Atlanta GA 30318

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