|Yoda, part of Karen Cope's installation, A Symphony of Mankind|
With under two weeks left until the Torrance Art Museum wraps up the current exhibits, I figured that it would be a good idea to spotlight Karen Cope's exhibit, A Symphony of Mankind, which is featured in our installation hall. In this exhibition, numerous distinct faces, sculpted out of pigmented gypsum, are arranged together along the walls in a manner that blends the vast array into a harmonic unit.
Although each is a unique caricature, with individual quirks and expression, Cope's technique and material creates an underlying sense of commonality. It's quiddity versus essence. The visage is individual, but the core is universal.
|Hitchcock, part of Karen Cope's A Symphony of Mankind|
But these words and photographs are not sufficient in expressing the sensation of walking among the works themselves. To see them simultaneously as both a whole collection and as individual pieces is an engaging experience, as your eyes scan over the installation, pausing or being arrested by distinct features and the trace of the sculptor's touch.
It's definitely something to check out before the show closes. Karen Cope's A Symphony of Mankind will be running until March 9, 2013.
|Karen Cope's A Symphony of Mankind at the Torrance Art Museum|
And here are a few videos showing Karen Cope's practice:
"Constructing the Portrait"
"On Sculpting Eyes and Hair"
"Demonstration at the Brentwood Art Center"
|Karen Cope's A Symphony of Mankind at the Torrance Art Museum runs until March 9, 2013|
We're looking forward to seeing you at the TAM!!!