• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

 

 

About the Artists

Mark Cooper (American, born 1950) earned a Bachelor of Sciences from Indiana University in 1972 and a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1980. Ramirez has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions projects at Shanghai University Academy of Fine Arts (2019); Samson Projects at Seattle Art Fair (2015); and Nesto Gallery, Milton Academy, Milton, MA (2011). Select museum exhibitions include Bridge with Vu Trong Thuan, Da Nang Fine Arts Museum, Da Nang, Vietnam (2019); Bon a Tirer, Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA (2018); Boston Museum of Fine Arts (2017); A Whisper of Where It Came From, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO (2016); Mark Cooper-YuYu Columbus, Indiana University for Art and Design at Columbus/Columbus Museum of Art and Design (2013); James and Audrey Foster Prize, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2013) and Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA (2011). Cooper is Adjunct Professor at Boston College, Professor of Practice at School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, and lives and works in Boston, MA.

Jiha Moon (American, born Daegu, South Korea, 1973) earned a Master of Fine Arts from Ewha University in Seoul, Korea in 1999, a Master of Arts from the University of Iowa, Iowa City in 2001, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa, Iowa City in 2002. Select solo exhibitions have been presented at the University of the South, Sweanee, TN (2019); Katzen Art Center, American University, Washington, DC (2018); Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL (2017); Salina Art Center, Salina, KS (2016); Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC (2015); and Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, SC (2014). Select group exhibitions have been presented at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC (2019); Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA (2018); Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN (2018); Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA (2018); Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO (2016); and the Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH (2013). Moon’s works are in numerous public collections including the Chrysler Museum of Art; The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; Virginia Museum of Fine Art; and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC.

Huma Bhabha (American, born Karachi, Pakistan, 1962) earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1985 and a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University in 1989. Her work has been the subject of major solo exhibitions at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2020); The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2019); the 57th Edition of the Carnegie International at Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA (2018); Salon 94, New York (2018); Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2018); and MoMA PS 1, Long Island City, NY (2013). Select group exhibitions include We Fought to Build a Free World: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz, Jewish Museum New York (2020); The world to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL (2020); Zombies: Pay Attention!, Aspen Art Museum (2019); Fourth Plinth Shortlist Exhibition, The National Gallery, London, UK (2017); Home Room, Jack Shainman Gallery, Kinderhook, NY (2017); A Whisper of Where It Came From, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri (2016); All the Worlds Futures, 56th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia (2015); and The Human Factor: Uses of the Figure in Contemporary Sculpture, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2014). Bhabha’s works can be found in the collections of the Bronx Museum of Art, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Nerman Museum of Art, Overland Park, KS; Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Lincoln, Nebraska; and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Bhabha is the recipient of the Berlin Prize in 2013 and The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum Emerging Artist Award in 2008.