The Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum at Saginaw Valley State University is hosting two exhibitions, “Susanne Stephenson: Transfigurement II” and “Lee Sung-Kuen: Interconnected.” Several programs are scheduled in conjunction with the exhibits, which run through Jan. 11, 2020.
“Transfigurement II” is a retrospective exhibition of Stephenson’s work and a new version of the original presented at Pewabic Pottery in Detroit and curated by Tom Phardel.
Stephenson has been an important contributor to the field of ceramics for six decades.
As a professor of ceramics and art appreciation for nearly 30 years in Michigan, she mentored and influenced the careers of countless artists.
She has spent the past several years focusing her ceramic work in abstracting landscapes in low fire terra cotta clay.
The images she deals with in the plate forms are fragmented and abstract.
“I am committed to expressing the visual energy that I see in nature at a particular time of day or season,” Stephenson said. “Currently some of my images come from my photos of reconstructed/reconfigured landscapes, such as residue from the ceramic process, layers of Chinese graffiti and old signs.”
Visitors can learn more about Stephenson and her ceramic work at an Artist Talk and Reception set for 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 26.
In Lee Sung-Kuen’s “Interconnected” exhibition, he focuses on building a bridge between man and nature.
His work is a perfect illustration of the concept of vital energy (Qi), which is omnipresent in the artistic culture of Eastern Asia. He creates sculptures of primordial shapes that, at first sight, evoke human cells or the notion of fertility.
Made out of entangled piano wires, which the artist sometimes brightens up with vivid colors, they establish a dialogue between fullness and emptiness while sustaining the resonance of their initial role. Once suspended in air, the vibrating play of light on the sculptures, and the apparent fusion with their surroundings into one symbiotic unity, bring the ovoid shapes to life.
The museum also has a schedule of fun and engaging programs for the exhibitions, including:
“INTERCONNECTED: Community Sculpture,” an interactive portion of the exhibitions, where visitors are invited to participate in building a community sculpture by using wire pieces provided by the museum and building on to an existing wire sculpture or making their own sculpture for others to build onto.
“Create & Take Saturdays,” a free event, offers different hands-on art activities for all ages on select Saturdays from 1 to 4 p,m. Activities include organic sculpting just like Lee-Sung Kuen on Nov. 9, and making your own expressionism painting on Dec. 14.
“Clay with Geometry Art Workshop,” a free event, where one can learn how the Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Ratio can be used to make fun geometrical art designs in clay, held Nov. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Those who wish to attend the Artist Talk and Reception with Susanne Stephenson should RSVP by calling 989-964-7082, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum is located on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University, 7400 Bay Road, University Center. Museum hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (989) 964-7125 or visit the Museum’s website at www.marshallfredericks.org.