The Sum of Its Parts

April 26 - June 1, 2013

Sum of Its Parts Front

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

-Aristotle


The Sum of Its Parts presents the work of eight international artists whose work is created by combining individual units to create a whole. Stacked, woven, strung together and combined, these sculptures become monumental through the arrangement of modules and parts to achieve a larger vision.

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Read Aristotle's Artists review by Kate McGraw / For the Journal

Read Combining. Stacking. Weacking. Stringing. Layering. Critical Review by Susan Wider / THE Magazine

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Eliza Au is based in British Columbia. Her sculpture is composed of 8 cast ceramic modules, so delicate and precise they could be 3-D printed. 




Nathan Craven’s tiny extruded pieces can be stacked into an infinite variety of shapes and forms. He is creating a site-specific piece to be installed into a back lit wall in the gallery. 



Heather Mae Erickson slip-casts delicate functional tableware. Her individual pieces are stunning but, once the grouping of pieces is nestled together, the composition of the completed serving set is then fully realized.


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Del Harrow of Colorado builds complex abstract ceramic sculptures. His exquisite still life arrangements are displayed on hand-made tables of his own design and construction.



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Elizabeth Hunt of Santa Fe has woven clay into a wall tapestry of tight coils that appears to be an magnification of an oversized blanket. 


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Maren Kloppmann of Minneapolis creates crisp pillow-like components that she arranges as a wall unit. This modernist sculpture plays with the shadows and reflections cast on the wall. 



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Jae Won Lee’s fragile feather-like porcelain sculptures are created by combining strings of hundreds of tiny segments.  The play of patterns references floral or botanical imagery.



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Julie York of Vancouver makes small domes with interior arrangements of ceramic parts that appear to have come from an underwater landscape. A glass lens give the viewer  a glimpse into this secret world.


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