Contemporary Art

Celia Eberle at Plush Gallery

'The Furies,' 2011, alabaster, agatized coral, found objects, 6.5 inches x 3.5 inches
‘The Furies,’ 2011, alabaster, agatized coral, found objects, 6.5 inches x 3.5 inches

Ohhhh, I wanted to possess The Furies in a bad way, but was too late. Some lucky individual beat me to it, and as I write this, has probably taken possession of them and is in the process of mounting them in their new home. This makes me unhappy.

I first met Celia Eberle at Karen Weiner’s The Reading Room, but my first encounter with her work was at the Beasts and Bunnies show at The MAC. While The MAC’s show was a collection of her past and some present work along with the works of three other artists, this show at Plush Gallery was her most recent creations.

Although The Furies could be thought of as modern day heroines from a Greek tragedy, the other pieces had a medieval tone. Castles, fortifications, crenellations, ivory, alabaster, ink, stone, wood, and sand could be elements, memories, and souvenirs from the Crusades that have been imaginatively recreated for us to experience.

For an interesting take on the show, I strongly suggest you read Betsy Lewis’ review in Glasstire.

Note: Please forgive my photography of the work. The only lighting in the gallery was provided by the overhead industrial fluorescent fixtures that are original to the space.

(above) 'Tower,' 2011, bone, wood, clay, 9.5 x 7 x 6 inches
(above) ‘Tower,’ 2011, bone, wood, clay, 9.5 x 7 x 6 inches
(above) '1971,' 2010, persian marble, bone, car emblem, 21.5 x 6.5 x 5 inches
(above) ‘1971,’ 2010, persian marble, bone, car emblem, 21.5 x 6.5 x 5 inches
(above) 'Bog,' 2011, alabaster, petrified wood, 1.75 x 8.5 x 4 inches
(above) ‘Bog,’ 2011, alabaster, petrified wood, 1.75 x 8.5 x 4 inches
(above) 'Under Bub,' 2010, collage, 9 x 12 inches
(above) ‘Under Bub,’ 2010, collage, 9 x 12 inches

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