Exhibition of Artworks in Plaster and Gold on Display at OWU's Ross Museum
February 22, 2005
Delaware, Ohio -- The work of internationally known metalsmith Lisa Gralnick will be on display at Ohio Wesleyan University's Ross Art Museum from Feb. 27-April 10. Her exhibition, "The Gold Standard," showcases works made of plaster and gold.
"Gralnick is one of the major artists in our field," said Cynthia Cetlin, professor of fine arts at OWU. "She has a very expansive, very socially conscious vision of art."
"Gold, as an infinitely recyclable material, embodies both the potential for
noblest testaments to the history of civilization, and the disturbing ability
to erase that same history," Gralnick writes in her artist statement. "The painful
knowledge that gold fillings and teeth, collected by the Nazis from the mouths
of concentration camp victims, have long since been melted down and reintroduced
into the endless cycle of matter, and that pilfered golden antiquities, reincarnated
into another form, have probably made it into the showcases of jewelry stores
across the globe, suggest a material fraught with both moral ambiguity and a
troubling but fascinating capacity for reinvention."
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