MIRRORS of the SOUL | Portraits by Leah Poller
April 11- October 11, 2013
Knox Gallery is currently hosting an exhibition by acclaimed sculptor Leah Poller, entitled "Mirrors of the Soul," and has been held over to October 11, by popular demand. Ms. Poller offers the following description of the inspriration for the upcoming exhibition:
"The portrait has endured throughout history. However, the radical experimentation that figurative art has undergone has barely affected the portrait which tends to adhere stubbornly to academic canons. Yet one has only to think of the portraits by Rodin, Brancusi and even the sculptures of Picasso to appreciate the success of this form of modern art. The idea that the portrait should be the "mirror of the soul" was not original to Titian…Giorgione, the most shadowed and inward looking of the Venetian Quattro cento painters had as an ambition to paint people in the act of thinking, to invent signs for internal reflection as well as external show.
Utilizing a classical approach in my sculpture, I transcend its limitations by turning my subject matter "inside out", by revealing the inward psychological and metaphysical preoccupations of the individual (practicing without a license) , I develop a portrait that mirrors the soul, the essence of the individual. That which is hidden most deeply becomes the most visible. I make a conscious effort to render the internal reflection into a symbolic, semiotic realization unique to the individual before me, yet touching the concerns of us all.
In this same approach, I believe that the portrait is not only the likeness of the physical being, but also a spatial positioning of the soul. By constructing the subject's likeness as if it were a window to his essence, I exteriorize the intimate, the symbolic, the psyche, which is thus materialized and rendered accessible. The narrative joins with the visual and the portrait leaps into the realm of universal interest." -Leah Poller
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Opening Reception for Mirrors of the Soul: Portraits by Leah Poller: April 11, 2013.
The Opening Reception for Mirrors of the Soul on April 11, 2013 was a resounding success. More information is coming soon, but learn more about the event and Fred Ho by watching video coverage by Steven De Castro.
Watch Steven De Castro's Knox Gallery Unveils Leah Poller's Sculpture of Fred Ho
Watch Steven De Castro's Fred Ho's Wardrobe on Display at the Knox Gallery
Sample photos of the event:
Book Signing: Yellow Power, Yellow Soul: April 16, 2013
Please join us for a book signing of "Yellow Power, Yellow Soul: The Radical Art of Fred Ho" (University of Illinois Press), Dr. Buckley and Dr. Roberts, ed. This work unveils the magnitude and immensity of Fred Ho's stature in multiple fields and intersections.
Film Preview: Diary of the Dragon: April 18, 2013, 6 - 9pm
Please join us for a special preview of "Diary of the Dragon, " a documentary of Fred Ho, presented by the film's Producer/Director.