Nature: Source and Resource

October 17 - November 29, 2020

The Gibbes Museum of Art is pleased to present a new exhibition of works in the Ruth and Bill Baker Art Sales Gallery by past Visiting Artists Katherine Dunlap and Antwon Ford. Both artists participated in the Museum's residency program from August 31, 2020 - September 27 of this year.

Katherine Dunlap is sensitive to the ways in which our natural environment shapes the first-person experience. She is not only interested in the physical and aesthetic details of our surroundings, but our emotional response to their presence. Whether it be an idealized memory associated with a specific location or an instinctive reaction to a natural space, her work seeks to marry the physical and emotional forms of her environment.

Katherine Dunlap, born 1990 in Gainesville, Georgia. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing from the University of Georgia in 2013 and currently has a home studio in Charleston, S.C. Her work has been exhibited in various places including Quinlan Visual Art Center and The Lyndon House Arts Center while also being featured in publications including “Oxford American,” “The Art Mag,” “The Charleston Magazine,” “Skirt Magazine,” and “Post and Courier.”

Antwon Ford began learning the art of sweetgrass basketry at the age of four by watching his grandmother in her kitchen in Mt. Pleasant, SC. At seven years old, he sold his first basket to a family member for $5 and was hooked.

While experimenting with the grasses, Ford used mathematics and science to create sculptures with traditional materials. In 2009, he began his "GrassinMotion" project, striving to produce sweetgrass objects that exemplified the space-time continuum of the fourth dimension. The patterns and configurations of Ford's work are greatly influenced by Gestalt psychology, spatial dimensions, and shadow resulting from direct light.