Do you ever feel a little weird when you liked something for awhile, then it became super trendy, and now to say you like it makes everyone roll their eyes because they’re thinking, “of course you like it – everyone does!”
Like everyone on this planet, it seems, I have a crush on white plaster (or ceramic, although I love matte white) sculptures, especially every day shapes turned into art. I saw an exhibit of Lisa Gralnick’s three part exhibit, The Gold Standard, last year at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and it’s like she made it for me. As part of the exhibit, she cast everyday objects in plaster, but used small slivers of gold to visually represent the value of both, to make us think about perceptions of value. In another part of the exhibit, she created plaster ghosts of the gold she melted down (from bracelets, rings, etc.) to make her gold adorned plaster objects. That those once treasured items no longer existed was really moving. In the last part she created gold pieces of jewellery with fabricated histories that almost fooled me! For a more eloquent account, see this article.
I like how her exhibit made me think, but I was really bowled over by the beauty of her work. Her work makes a little more sense if you see some pieces (click here to see even more):
Amazing, right? I want this exhibit in my house! I don’t have any skills in casting, but I can still make faux plaster objects for decorating the townhouse. First it was the bird . . . but what did I use the rest of the can of spray paint on?