Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora C. Mace: Every Soil Bears Not Everything

September 23, 2015 - September 6, 2016 

Every Soil Bears Not EverythingThe Studio Glass movement accelerated in the 1970s at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. This pivotal time in the cultural history of the Pacific Northwest has reverberated throughout the international art world. The innovations of Dale Chihuly, William Morris, and Lino Tagliapietra, key figures in this field, have been extensively examined. The collaborative team of Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora C. Mace are also pioneers of early contemporary glass and were close colleagues of Chihuly and Morris, often trading skills to develop signature works. Despite their prominence alongside other major glass artists, Kirkpatrick and Mace have not been afforded a review of their careers, which now span thirty-six years. This survey exhibition highlights their prolific bodies of work.

Kirkpatrick and Mace began their collaboration at Pilchuck Glass School in 1979. Their first series evolved out of Mace's desire to devise a methodology of incorporating Kirkpatrick's delicate line drawings on paper as surface design onto blown cylinders. Kirkpatrick made elaborate "drawings" in bent wire that were colored in with glass cane. These drawings were then "picked up" onto the vessel in the hot shop. The process was groundbreaking in its innovation.

Throughout these artists' productive careers, Kirkpatrick and Mace have consistently explored seminal themes: principles of "drawing" as incorporated into glass, the metaphoric content of humanity's relationship to nature, and the appropriation of materials to support a visual idea. This exhibition will bring the depth and richness of these foci into a comprehensive overview of their careers.

Curated by Linda Tesner, Director of the Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, the exhibition tells a major chapter in the story of the Studio Glass movement. “There is no doubt that this exhibition is long overdue,” notes MOG Artistic Director Susan Warner. “Museum visitors will have a unique chance to see the wide scope of Mace and Kirkpatrick’s collaborative work over the past three decades as well as see their most recent creative expressions.”

The exhibition also includes Botanicals, a display of Kirkpatrick's and Mace's more recent work. 


Image Credit: Joey Kirkpatrick (American, born 1952) and Flora C. Mace (American, born 1949); Every Soil Bears Not Everything, 2008; Wood, glass, paint, and steel; 50 x 27 x 5 inches; Photo courtesy of the artists.


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