MARTHA CLIPPINGER: off-kilter
17 May – 26 July 2019
Opening Reception with the Artist | Friday, May 17 | 6-8pm
Artist Talk | Saturday, June 29 | 11am
Hodges Taylor is pleased to present MARTHA CLIPPINGER: off-kilter, a solo exhibition featuring a selection of woven works, wooden constructions, ceramic reliefs, and works on paper by the Durham, North Carolina based artist. The opening reception with the artist will be held on Friday, May 17 from 6 to 8pm. An Artist Talk, moderated by Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Mint Museum, Jennifer Sudul Edwards, Ph.D., will be held on Saturday, June 29 at 11am. This is Martha Clippinger’s first exhibition with Hodges Taylor.
Clippinger’s colorful work engenders a space where art, design, functionalism, and formalism meet a bit off the beaten path. Undefined by the arguably arbitrary fine art versus craft divide, and unrestricted to a singular medium, the artist’s brightly hued works let us loosen up. From Clippinger’s childhood in Georgia to a longtime adoration of Bauhaus fiber artist Anni Albers to a pivotal collaboration with weavers in Oaxaca, Mexico to a recent residency in ceramics at Kohler, she creates a conversation of culture through the universal dialogue of color and form. Improvisation guides all of the work in which repeated elements flip, turn, and shuffle in their rhythmic compositions. As art critic Chris Vitiello recently wrote, “whether you look at Clippinger’s work effortlessly or with analytical rigor, you feel drawn in. This is a space where everything different from everything else coexists and makes sense.” For Clippinger, a little off-kilter is just right.
ABOUT MARTHA CLIPPINGER
Born and raised in Columbus, Georgia, Martha Clippinger received a BA from Fordham University and an MFA from Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a 2017 Durham Arts Council Grant in Craft, 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award and a 2013 Fulbright-Garcia Robles research grant completed in Oaxaca, Mexico. Residencies and fellowships include: Arts and Industry Residency at Kohler Company, Sam and Adele Golden Art Foundation residency, MacDowell Colony, Edward F. Albee Foundation, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation. Her work has been featured in The Brooklyn Rail, Burnaway, Hyperallergic, and Architectural Digest. She has had numerous gallery and museum solo exhibitions, including The Columbus Museum and Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. Her work is in public collections, including the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Duke University, and The Columbus Museum. Clippinger lives and works in Durham, North Carolina.
Photographs by Michael Blevins.