The October exhibition at the Justus Fine Art Gallery, âIntentional Formsâ, will feature works by Robyn Horn and Sandra Sell.
A selection of woodcarvings and paintings by the artists will be on display in the exhibit, with an opening reception Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. as part of the monthly Walk of the Galleries in downtown Hot Springs. The exhibition will be on display until October 30.
“I am drawn to abstract and geometric sculpture, its volume, shape, textures, negative spaces. I am obsessed with tension and movement, the gestural qualities of sculpture. I believe that the individual character of the material can be preserved by the inspiration of the artist, that they can both exist by the combination of the curved lines of nature, with the angular lines of geometry, resulting in a gentle fusion of the two entities, one working with the other in a union of souls, âHorn said in a press release.
Horn’s wood carvings have been collected and exhibited by museums and galleries across the country and abroad. Public collections include the National Museum of American Art, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC; Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; White House American Craft Collection, Clinton Library, Little Rock; Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, Little Rock; Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Mass .; Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona; Long Beach Art Museum, Long Beach, California; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Minneapolis; Mobile Art Museum, Mobile, Alabama; The Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut; Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; North Carolina State University, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, Raleigh, NC; Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, North Carolina; Detroit Art Institute, Detroit; and Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tenn.
Horn was born in Fort Smith and received her BA from Hendrix College. She currently lives with her husband, John, in Little Rock.
A native of New Hampshire, “Sell grew up with a passion for visual emulation of nature and the construction of objects,” the statement read.
After completing a career in the military, Sell moved to Arkansas where she obtained a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
“With a background in drawing, painting and sculpture, she strives to convey observations of her emotional responses to life in her work. Sell’s passionate commitment to her profession as an artist inspires her to research continuously new creative opportunities, âthe statement said. .
In 2018, Sell was part of the artist team working with Mel Chin on the Times Square installation âUnmooredâ in New York City. Continuing her development as an artist, Sell also served as a studio assistant for Stoney Lamar and Brent Skidmore at the Pendland School of Craft in Pendland, NC, and artist Robyn Horn’s apprentice in Little Rock.
“Sell is also excited to share his creative process through teaching, demonstrations and speaking to arts organizations and groups such as the Friends of Contemporary Craft (FOCC), an affiliate group. at the Arkansas Arts Center, âhe said.
Since 2007, Sell’s work has been included in over 30 exhibitions in the United States. Recent exhibitions include Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition (2018, 2017), Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, Texas; Curiosity Revealed (2016), Thea Foundation, North Little Rock; Merging Form and Surface (2016), Pulaski Technical College Center for Humanities and Arts, North Little Rock; Longevity (2015), Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, Little Rock; Personal exhibition (2015), River Valley Arts Center, Russellville; Edges & Lines, National Juried Exhibition (2015), Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, Virginia; Annual National Jury Art Exhibition (2015), South Arkansas Arts Center (SAAC), El Dorado; The Penland Experience (2015), University of Arkansas at Little Rock; Small Works (2015), The National Association of Women Artists, Inc. (NAWA), New York; Salvage: Reclaiming Recycling (2009), National Juried Exhibition and The Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Sell’s work is in the permanent collections of the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and the Arkansas Historical Museum, as well as numerous private collections. Sell ââalso won first place at the 2018 Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition hosted by the Greater Denton Arts Council in Denton, TX.
The Justus Fine Art Gallery, 827-A Central Ave., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment. Call 501-321-2335 or visit http://www.justusfineart.com for more information.
“Ash Poise”, by Sandra Sell. – Photo submitted