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Small Whimsy Brumfield’s Gallery November 9 - December 21 Okay our art loving visitors will

Small Whimsy

Brumfield’s Gallery November 9 - December 21

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our art loving visitors will want to spread to joy by buying art to put under the Christmas tree. But, the work in ‘Small Whimsy’ is so cool and full of attitude that you will want to keep it for yourself. The gallery is debuting work by Kina Crow, Leslie Hinton and Laura Lloyd alongside gallery favorites, Jackie Hurlbert, Lisa Kaser, and Jola Spytkowska. It is a coincidence that all the exhibitors are women, but perhaps there is a subtext the curator failed to recognize. After all Isn’t ‘sassy’ a very female state of mind.

so every gallery puts together a show of small works at the end of the year, hoping that

Jackie Hurlbert’s visual language communicates something beyond representation or pure aesthetics. She has created a vocabulary of symbolism, where oversized feet denote the strength to stand alone, and exaggerated hands beckon you to step inside yourself. For her, clay serves as the vehicles of meditation; a way of speaking without words.

Kina Crow is a self taught artist, Having worked in theater wardrobe, helping actors to define their fictional personas, her wealth of knowledge concerning story, fantasy, relationships, and narration now infuses her sculptures with a distinct sense of character. Heavily autobigraphical, each piece, however small, represents a fragment or moment from the artist’s life.

Leslie Hinton creates sculptures that are instantly recognizable. By approaching the surfaces of her ceramics in much the same way a child does with a coloring book, the ceramicist is able to give each piece an impulsive and endearing quality. Never quite free from the heavier adult themes of guilt and death, Hinton’s ceramics cling to a happier and more innocent past while hinting at darker times to come.

Lisa Kaser charming sculptures combine textiles, beeswax and found materials. She describes her work as “Creating scenarios with characters that evoke a moment of clarity, joy, or mystery”. An important element to each piece is their storytelling ability. With a background in theater, Kaser is keen to insert a subtle sense of consciousness into every creature, leaving each piece open for us, as viewers, to attribute our own significance.

Though primarily a painter, Laura Lloyd has found herself creating sculptures with a bizarre sense of proportion. Her figures have a heavy focus on the face, an interest which she traces back to a childhood obession linked to her watching television. While still portraits, the artist intentionally endowers each work with fantasy and imaginative qualities. She identifies with the work as a reflection of the overall atmosphere of her life, each piece demonstrating a hidden awareness of herself.

each piece demonstrating a hidden awareness of herself. Jola Spytkowska’s work arises out of her constant
each piece demonstrating a hidden awareness of herself. Jola Spytkowska’s work arises out of her constant

Jola Spytkowska’s work arises out of her constant hunt for personalities in the objects around her. Whether animal or human, the artist searches for new life in the everyday items that inhabit her world. The results are pieces that achieve an equal presence of human, animal, and ordinary object. In Mini Beasts, Spytkowska has transformed the appearance of household items, giving them a second life as whimsical and humanistic creatures.

Small Whimsy will open on Saturday, November 9th at Brumfield’s Gallery, 1513 North 13th Street, Boise, Idaho, 83702. The reception is open to the public and will run from 7 - 9 p.m. The exhibition continues through Saturday, December 21st. Brumfield’s Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 – 5 p.m. For further information please contact the gallery at gallery@brumfieldllc.com, or tel. 208 333 0309.

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