• Jiha Moon
    Born 1973 in Daegu, South Korea
    Lives in Atlanta, Georgia

    YOLO, 2015
    porcelain, underglaze, glaze, synthetic hair, hand knots
    7 1/2 x 8 x 12 1/2 inches

    Courtesy of the artist
    © Jiha Moon. Photo: MudFire

    Jiha Moon
    Born 1973 in Daegu, South Korea
    Lives in Atlanta, Georgia

    YOLO, 2015
    porcelain, underglaze, glaze, synthetic hair, hand knots
    7 1/2 x 8 x 12 1/2 inches

    Courtesy of the artist
    © Jiha Moon. Photo: MudFire

  • Huma Bhabha
    Born 1962 in Karachi, Pakistan
    Lives in Poughkeepsie, New York

    Twins, 2011
    clay, wire, Styrofoam, paper, ink, acrylic paint, cast iron, metal chain, medallion
    82 1/2 x 24 x 18 inches

    Private Collection, Chicago, Ilinois
    © Huma Bhabha, Courtesy Salon 94, New York, New York

    Huma Bhabha
    Born 1962 in Karachi, Pakistan
    Lives in Poughkeepsie, New York

    Twins, 2011
    clay, wire, Styrofoam, paper, ink, acrylic paint, cast iron, metal chain, medallion
    82 1/2 x 24 x 18 inches

    Private Collection, Chicago, Ilinois
    © Huma Bhabha, Courtesy Salon 94, New York, New York

  • Installation view of four Arlene Shechet sculptures.

    Installation view of four Arlene Shechet sculptures.

  • Installation view of Nicole Cherubini works.

    Installation view of Nicole Cherubini works.

  • Installation view of two Huma Bhabha works.

    Installation view of two Huma Bhabha works.

  • Installation view of three Huma Bhabha works.

    Installation view of three Huma Bhabha works.

  • Arlene Shechet
    Born 1951 in New York, New York
    Lives in New York and Woodstock, New York

    Gone A (detail), 2013
    glazed ceramic, glazed kiln shelf, steel base
    22 1/2 x 14 x 14 inches

    Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, New York
    © Arlene Shechet. Photo: Alan Wiener

    Arlene Shechet
    Born 1951 in New York, New York
    Lives in New York and Woodstock, New York

    Gone A (detail), 2013
    glazed ceramic, glazed kiln shelf, steel base
    22 1/2 x 14 x 14 inches

    Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, New York
    © Arlene Shechet. Photo: Alan Wiener

  • Arlene Shechet
    Born 1951 in New York, New York
    Lives in New York and Woodstock, New York

    Gone A, 2013
    glazed ceramic, glazed kiln shelf, steel base
    22 1/2 x 14 x 14 inches

    Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, New York
    © Arlene Shechet. Photo: Alan Wiener

    Arlene Shechet
    Born 1951 in New York, New York
    Lives in New York and Woodstock, New York

    Gone A, 2013
    glazed ceramic, glazed kiln shelf, steel base
    22 1/2 x 14 x 14 inches

    Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, New York
    © Arlene Shechet. Photo: Alan Wiener

  • Nicole Cherubini
    Born 1970 in Boston, Massachusetts
    Lives in New York and East Chatham, New York

    True Diamond, True Love #1, 2015
    earthenware, glaze, pine, oil paint, hardware
    24 x 14 x 2 1/2 inches

    Courtesy of the artist and Samsøñ, Boston Massachusetts
    © Nicole Cherubini, Courtesy Samsøñ, Boston. Photo: Pete Mauney

    Nicole Cherubini
    Born 1970 in Boston, Massachusetts
    Lives in New York and East Chatham, New York

    True Diamond, True Love #1, 2015
    earthenware, glaze, pine, oil paint, hardware
    24 x 14 x 2 1/2 inches

    Courtesy of the artist and Samsøñ, Boston Massachusetts
    © Nicole Cherubini, Courtesy Samsøñ, Boston. Photo: Pete Mauney

  • Sterling Ruby
    Born 1972 in Bitburg, Germany
    Lives in Los Angeles, California

    HOMOTOPIC, 2015
    acrylic, elastic, treated fabric on canvas
    96 x 96 x 2 inches

    Courtesy of Sterling Ruby Studio
    © Sterling Ruby Studio. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

    Sterling Ruby
    Born 1972 in Bitburg, Germany
    Lives in Los Angeles, California

    HOMOTOPIC, 2015
    acrylic, elastic, treated fabric on canvas
    96 x 96 x 2 inches

    Courtesy of Sterling Ruby Studio
    © Sterling Ruby Studio. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

  • Mark Cooper
    Born 1950 in Evansville, Indiana
    Lives in Boston, Massachusetts

    YuYu Boston Blue, 2013
    wood, silk muslin, etching ink on rice paper, metal brackets, drywall screws, ceramic, glaze, acrylic on canvas, casters, MDF, polyurethane resin
    dimensions variable

    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Anonymous Gift, 2015.5
    © Mark Cooper, Courtesy Samsøñ, Boston

    Mark Cooper
    Born 1950 in Evansville, Indiana
    Lives in Boston, Massachusetts

    YuYu Boston Blue, 2013
    wood, silk muslin, etching ink on rice paper, metal brackets, drywall screws, ceramic, glaze, acrylic on canvas, casters, MDF, polyurethane resin
    dimensions variable

    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Anonymous Gift, 2015.5
    © Mark Cooper, Courtesy Samsøñ, Boston

  • Partial view of Mark Cooper's installation.

    Partial view of Mark Cooper's installation.

A Whisper of Where It Came From

Friday, March 11, 2016 to Sunday, July 24, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

A Whisper of Where It Came From highlights works by six artists who integrate ceramics into their broader mixed-media art practices including painting, printmaking, sculpture, collage, and installation. Artists Huma Bhabha, Nicole Cherubini, Mark Cooper, Jiha Moon, Sterling Ruby, and Arlene Shechet each activate the tactility of clay by creating surfaces that capture the gesture of the artist’s hand. The works of art, created during the past decade, include references to figuration, abstraction, landscape, and still life traditions.

Arlene Shechet’s gestural sculptures embody notions of improvisation in the playfulness of shapes and colors she employs, and become a record of the artist’s hand through the built layers and impressions formed in the clay. Giving equal focus to form and duration in her sculpture, Shechet’s practice is akin to the Buddhist philosophy of considering the whole of the work. Mark Cooper’s mixed-media installations feature organically shaped structures, lotus flower–like ceramic vessels and vibrantly colored forms displaying stylistic influences from Asian art and culture. Korean-born Jiha Moon draws attention to complex cultural iconography by blending references such as computer emoticons, lotus blossoms, Hopi Kachina figures, and talisman-like works inspired by Korean norigae in her paintings and sculptural ceramic objects and installations.

Artist Huma Bhabha imaginatively combines raw and industrial materials such as clay, plexiglass, wood, wire, and Styrofoam to create forms whose gestures convincingly mimic the human body. Bhabha’s crude gestural portraits drawn and collaged onto photographs of abstracted earth textures, rubble, and landscapes, serve as a setting for her sculptural works and provide imagery that speaks to the artist’s inspiration from the landscape in and around her birthplace of Karachi, Pakistan. Sterling Ruby’s large-scale ceramic basins are loaded with an array of ceramic objects made to resemble tools, rocks, animal tusks, and shards of rusted metal. Gathered inside the pinched, poked, and prodded vessel’s interior and splashed with glazes in an earthy palette, Ruby’s collection of disparate objects appears both fossilized and fresh. In her practice, Nicole Cherubini uses both ceramic and unfired clay, finished and working material, to approach historical and contemporary motifs of vessels and tiles. Together, artist’s works in A Whisper of Where It Came From speak to the expanded field of contemporary ceramics.

A Whisper of Where It Came From, organized by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, is curated by Erin Dziedzic, director of curatorial affairs, and supported by Kemper Museum members and donors.

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Artist Mark Cooper speaks about the installation he created at Kemper Museum as part of the exhibition, "A Whisper of Where It Came From."