Opening Reception- Balancing Act: Christyl Boger
- January 18, 2019
- Grunwald Gallery of Art
- 1201 E. 7th Street, Rm. 123, Fine Arts Building, Room 123, Bloomington, IN 47405
- (812) 855-8490
- 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
- Free and open to the public
The Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University Bloomington is pleased to present the exhibition Balancing Act: Christyl Boger. The exhibit contains works from Boger’s career as a renowned ceramic artist and professor at the School of Art, Architecture, and Design at Indiana University, Bloomington. The exhibit will open to the public on Friday, January 11, but the reception will take place on Friday, January 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Boger’s work is interested in the balancing act of the human animal caught between impulse and control, individual versus group, and the “fragile, vulnerable veneer” of our shared cultural behavior. Her work exists at the confluence of high and low art, of traditional figurative sculpture and domestic decorative figurines. Her works are caught between irreverent display and self-conscious concealment, shifting between vulnerable and suggestive states of being.
Through combining the idealized aesthetic of classical sculpture with the scale of table top decorative figurines, her work has been described as embodying a fine balance between high and low art. Though she references non-ceramic elements such as public statuary and contemporary inflatable beach toys, Boger stated that her material "stays true to the language of ceramic figurines...the material of clay itself is inseparable from the ideas of fragility and artifice."