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Ruddy Udder Dance, 2017, by Claire Ashley

Laumeier Sculpture Park’s new exhibition, “How We See: Materiality and Color,” a chromatic display of sculpture, painting, drawing and photography, presents the work of six artists March 2 – June 29.

The exhibition transforms Laumeier’s Aronson Fine Arts Center into a wild chromatic display exploring color as it is found in nature and manipulated in objects. It will open with a reception on Saturday, March 2, beginning at 11 a.m. There will be a special opportunity to meet four of the artists and Curator Dana Turkovic, who will lead a tour of the exhibition at 11:30 a.m. At 1 p.m., see an outdoor performance by artist Claire Ashley. The exhibit is free and open to all ages.

The six artists in the exhibition are: Claire Ashley, Jedediah Caesar, Jeffrey Gibson, Barbara Kasten, Anne Lindberg and Odili Donald Odita. Hailing from all across the country – Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia – each works in different media ranging from drawing and painting to sculpture and installation art.

The artwork activates the science of color through various combinations of materials and media, including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and installation.

Artist Barbara Kasten builds sculptural photographic hybrids using brightly colored Plexiglas mounted to digital prints to create ambiguous architectures and geometric patterns using, mirrors, shadows and lighting effects. Jeffrey Gibson’s painting draws on his Native-American heritage with vibrant abstract shapes and symbolic patterns bordered by an intricate beadwork frame.

Laumeier has also commissioned Chicago-based artist Claire Ashley to create a new large-scale inflatable sculpture covered in neon spray paint that will be the centerpiece of three on-site choreographed performances with community volunteers, introducing a playful and humorous sculpture into the park’s landscape.

“At first glance, the exhibition is a straight-forward chromatic display; however, upon looking closer, a more complex interpretation is revealed,” Turkovic said. “These artists’ colored materials are the product of modern technology in material sciences, but also derived from nature. This exhibition does more than show the beauty of color. It suggests that the artists’ production of countless color variations and applications is similar to nature in that both are subject to manipulation and change.”

A Coffee & Conversation opportunity to meet artist Claire Ashley will be held on Saturday, April 13, at 11 a.m., with additional opportunities to see her performance on Saturday, April 13, at noon and Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m.

Laumeier Sculpture Park, located at 12580 Rott Road in Sunset Hills, is free and open daily from 8 a.m. until 30 minutes past sunset. The Aronson Fine Arts Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.laumeiersculpturepark.org.