Last fall, Sculpturesite owner and curator Brigitte Micmacker was invited to jury a show of contemporary sculpture for the Pacific Rim Sculptors Group titled "Sculpture Now" for exhibition at the Peninsula Museum of Art in Burlingame, CA. from November 18th, 2018 through January 27, 2019. Most of these same works, 34 works by 21 artists are now offered as an exclusive on-line exhibition on sculpturesite.com.
Artists from the Pacific Rim Sculptors Group were asked to present works focusing on their response to serious social or environmental issues challenging our country and planet and resulting in humanitarian crises. In these times of unprecedented and rapid change, artists' voices need to be heard more than ever.
"On first review", says Micmacker, "many works exploded with anger and despair, not surprisingly, since our region is known for its liberal left leaning and the last two years have not been kind to liberals. It was important to show these intense feelings, but also to end up with an aesthetically pleasing experience. We are mostly well informed, and so didactic discourses through artwork are not what is most needed today. I felt that we needed humor, irony, subtlety and hope."
The materials used span metal, ceramic, wood, resin, fabric, glass, stone, photos, acrylics, but of course the subject matter invited the use of recycled materials, such as plastics and charred wood.
"Like these artists", states Micmacker, "I have been processing overwhelming feelings of anger and frustration over the political situation and an immense sadness at the deepening divides between factions. The absurd lies that lead to tragic consequences. The battles that seemed won for good and that have to be fought all over again. Delving deeply into the artistic outcome from a group of thoughtful sculptors during this jurying process supplied a sort of catharsis. I hope that this exhibition will serve a similar function to its visitors."
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