Foregrounding the Palisades
Foregrounding the Palisades
Glyndor Gallery | September 1—December 2, 2012
Palisades Pinnacle (Porcelain), 2012
101" x 88 ¼" x 12 ½"
Courtesy of the artist
Scale, perspective and relationship to the body are vitally important in the work of Paula Winokur, who comes to this project with an extended interest in Southwestern geological formations and Alaskan glaciers. In Palisades Pinnacle (Porcelain), Winokur focuses on the pinnacle of one section of the Palisades, seeking to recreate the sense of awe and intimacy that she felt standing next to the rock formations. After visiting Palisades Interstate Park, Winokur studied photographs of the cliffs to create small drawings and clay models, from which she developed life-size drawings or cartoons. These, in turn, became a map for forming each of the clay pieces, which she fitted together like a puzzle before firing. Once the pieces were fired, she worked color into the crevices to accentuate the texture and coloration of the stone. The surface textures of the work convey the jagged rock face of the Palisades, and the sculpture itself appears to cut through the gallery floor. Viewers can appreciate a proximity to the Palisades that is impossible to achieve in real life. It is as if the monumental is made intimate and approachable in the sculpture, and time is compressed into the present moment.
Paula Winokur’s work has been collected by numerous institutions, including the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY; the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland; the Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA. She has exhibited widely, with solo exhibitions at Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA; Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY; Philadelphia International Airport: Terminal C, Philadelphia, PA; GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA; and Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. She is the recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant; a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship; a Professor of the Year Award from Arcadia University; and an honorary fellowship from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. She received a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.
Photo credit: Stefan Hagen
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Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.