Installation Art describes an artistic genre of site-specific, three-dimensional works designed to transform a viewer's perception of a space.
In keeping true to her mission, owner and curator of Everyday Clay Studio, Kimberly Young, has taken a theme, Installation Art and again recreated the gallery space. The viewer is expected to be at once immersed in the sensory or narrative experience that surrounds him or her and maintain a degree of self-identity as a viewer.
In this one-woman show, Kimberly has created several powerful ceramic and mixed media installations. "I feel that I have taken all of the anxious emotions and nervous energy inside of me and purged it, all over the walls."
Opening Reception: February 26, 2011
Bistros and cafes have served as a center of social and culinary life in Paris for centuries. The oldest one, “Café Procope,” opened in 1686 and is still in operation. Bistros and cafes function as places to rendez-vous, conversation spots, places to relax, refuel and socialize. Simple yet hearty foods, pastries, wine and coffee are the typical fare for lunch, dinner or a casual afternoon snack.
Owner and curator of Everyday Clay Studio, Kimberly Young, developed the idea of “Bistro 1920” after she received a deluge of requests for more coffee mugs. Needing to create an environment in the gallery that was fitting for the anticipated coffee mugs, she pictured people walking into a French Bistro set in the 1920’s, sipping coffee, noshing delicious food and drinking wine.
Setting out to create the atmosphere, she recruited Monique Purguy, French-born artist and mainstay in the VI art world since 1955, Rene Rasy, recipient of an MFA in sculpture from the University of Michigan, and Tony Romano; artist, restaurant owner and overall food and wine lover. With her team of artists chosen, she explained the theme and the style of artwork she was looking for and the artists began creating. Ms. Purguy, graduate of the Washington School of Art, will be displaying unique artwork that she has either knitted or crocheted. Rene Rasy, potter & collage artist, has created tarot cards to coincide with the eccentrically random feel of Bistro 1920. Tony Romano, owner and chef of Romano’s Restaurant, will be presenting oil paintings based on food, wine and drink, while owner, Kimberly Young, will be exhibiting her functional pottery.
Corresponding with the traditional art displayed on pedestals and the gallery walls, will be Gastronomic Creations provided by VI Desserts and DINNER UNDERGROUND. With the Bistro setting in mind, Ms. Young created cake pedestals and owner of, and baker for, VI Desserts, Stacy Nicastro Foster, will create cakes each inspired by the different pedestals. Delicious slices of cake will be on sale for purchase during the event. Also, the chef team from DINNER UNDERGROUND will be catering the event with French Bistro cuisine. Wine, coffee and espresso will also be available.
In an effort to encourage guests to use her ceramic creations on the spot and in line with the pieces’ “Everyday” functionality, Ms. Young will include the price of the event’s food and drink with the purchase of a coffee mug, espresso cup, wine goblet or plate. Otherwise, the tantalizing slices of cake, alluring food and aromatic cups of coffee and espresso will be on sale.
French or 1920’s attire is highly encouraged!
4 Colors, 4 Medias, A Needle and Thread
The concept for this show and series of work was similar to my theory about dreaming; your brain getting rid of all of the little tidbits of information that are stuck rattling around. Songs, images, places, feelings, ideas that needed to be acknowledged, understood, and appreciated have exploded onto the walls and shelves of the gallery. Each piece is like thread that has created an intimate texture of my thoughts and ideas.
4 Colors - Red, Blue, Black & White
4 Medias - Ceramics, Drawing, Fibers & Mixed Media
Opening Reception Saturday, January 23, 2010
CONTINUUM: A PHOTOGRAPHIC INQUIRY DREW ALSTON & KIMBERLY YOUNG
OPENING RECEPTION Saturday, November 20, 2010
St. Thomas - November 11, 2010 – On Saturday, November 20, 2010, Everyday Clay Studio will hold an Opening Reception for Continuum: A Photographic Inquiry. The show will feature photographs by Drew Alston as he makes his debut on the St. Thomas art scene and pottery and installations by long-time potter Kimberly Young.
Curator and owner of Everyday Clay Studio, Kimberly Young, has chosen the unique themes of Continuum (a continuous sequence in which adjacent elements are not perceptibly different from each other, although the extremes are quite different) and photography.
The process started with Alston producing a body of primarily underwater photography. His use of Micro and Macro lenses have generated enthralling colors, textures and overall images. Young has than taken several of his images and printed them onto her functional and decorative pottery. The “elements are not perceptibly different from each other, although the extremes are quite different.” When all of the work is complete and brought together, Young will paint and adorn the gallery to create a distinctive environment and atmosphere, specific to the artwork.
Drew Alston grew up in the southeast US and moved to St. Thomas in March of 2004 to pursue scuba diving and underwater photography. He honed his skills working on dive boats and yacht charters and is published in St. Thomas & St. John Magazines.
Young, primarily a potter, will also have several mixed media collages, jewelry and installations on display, in addition to her traditional ceramics.
Pottery and Installations by Alison Davis and Kimberly Young
Opening Reception - October 24, 2009
"Follow the yellow brick road to find out what the white rabbit is late for in our Whimsical Wonderland"
Alison Davis: Born and raised in Africa, Alison developed her artistic talent at a young age through her painting, drawing and handcrafts. She lived for many years in the UK, Greece and France, and in each of these countries her talents were further developed. In London she worked as a chef and trained in pastry and cake decorating and met a young potter who lived in the hills of Provence and whose work instilled in her the desire to learn this craft.
Her inspiration for Whimsical Wonderland comes from different sources. Alison’s maiden name is Liddell, the same as Alice Liddell who was the subject of Charles Dodgson’s Alice in Wonderland, and she has since childhood had a great love of Alice’s adventures and interest in her life. When Alison’s studio was opened it was suggested by a friend that she call it “Alison’s Wonderland”, so it was natural that she would choose this theme when Kim suggested they present a fairytale themed show together.
Kimberly Young: I work mainly in pottery, however I enjoy incorporating other medias to design installations or environments that I have seen or felt before. I am inspired by situations or emotions I feel in everyday life. I constantly record fascinating patterns created randomly in nature or in our modern world and strive to recreate these observations through art.
I think that Whimsical Wonderland started with my dad. His nickname for me was Princess. It made me feel extraordinary, unique and beautiful and made me believe that I could do anything because inside, I was his little Princess. My sometimes, eccentric artwork and attitude comes from that Princess within that I am always trying to let out.