Allison Rose Craver | Kirsten Stolle
February 6—27, 2016
ROY G BIV Gallery presents Allison Craver and Kirsten Stolle. Craver’s domestic ceramic sculptures offer contemplative pause. Stolle’s mixed-media collages examine the influence of agribusiness and pharmaceutical companies on our food supply.
Allison Rose Craver: Material Needs
Material Needs features a collection of ceramic sculptures of household objects. Craver’s sculptures, made with terracotta, porcelain, glaze and plaster, respond to the simultaneous strength and tenderness of the corporeal body. Like flesh, ceramic materials respond directly to gravity and touch. In contrast to the scarring, collapsing and expanding body, Craver’s ceramic objects are static, offering contemplative pause.
Craver grew up in East Aurora, NY, and earned a BFA from Alfred University in 2010. Allison has shown work nationally, inlcuding at Archie Bay Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, MT, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Allison is currently a 2017 MFA candidate at The Ohio State University.
Kirsten Stolle: Conceal Reveal
Stolle’s mixed-media collages examine the influence of agribusiness and pharmaceutical companies on our food supply, and consider the connection between corporate interets and public health. From the 1940s-1960s Monsanto aggressively marketed their toxic chemicals through magazine advertisements. This propaganda overwhelmingly promoted their chemicals for use in war, agriculture, and home. Using collage, cutting and drawing, Stolle has redacted the original text, altering the intended messaging and exploring the complex relationship between economy and ecology.
Kirsten Stolle was raised in Massachusetts, lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for 19 years, and currently lives in Western North Carolina. Stolle received a BA in Visual Arts from Framingham State College, and completed studies at Richmond College (London, England) and Massachusetts College of Art (Boston, MA).