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Craft and Folk Art Museum Announces Ann Weber: Love and Other Audacities

The Craft and Folk Art Museum presents Ann Weber: Love and Other Audacities, on view May 22, 2011 – Sept. 11, 2011.

Bay Area artist Ann Weber’s towering cardboard sculptures are both architecturally dynamic and sensuous. Made entirely out of cardboard, staples and shellac, they play out the complex and continually evolving nature of human relationships, igniting curiosity and wonder about this thing called love.

San Francisco-based artist Ann Weber’s elegant, sculptural works will grace the Craft and Folk Art Museum’s third floor gallery this May in Love and Other Audacities. These massive sculptural works echo the silhouettes of pods, gourds and other biomorphic forms. Despite the sculptures’ oversized, undulating contours, what will surprise most people is the humble material she uses—cardboard.

Armed with a stapler, a box cutter and shellac, Weber constructs towering artworks out of cardboard that she often fishes out of dumpsters. When asked about the physical stature of her work, Weber says, “I’m interested in how big you can make something before it collapses.”

In Love and Other Audacities, Weber’s anthropomorphic sculptures mimic the complex and continually evolving relationships between individuals. “I’ve always thought a lot about relationships. How vital they are to our living and breathing, how they almost work sometimes and sometimes they don’t,” remarks Weber. “I feel like sculptures are metaphors telling stories about our lives.”

Trained in ceramics, Weber supported herself by making “functional pottery” in New York City for more than 15 years. Moving west in 1985, she found inspiration in the works of Peter Voulkos, Richard Shaw and Viola Frey, who were all making art out of clay. With Frey as her mentor, she took on the zeitgeist of women’s liberation percolating in the air. But it wasn’t until 1991, when she moved into a large new studio, that inspiration came to her.

Surrounded by flattened moving boxes, Weber took a cue from architecture icon Frank Gehry’s cardboard furniture and decided to experiment with the raw material sitting in her living room. Merging her ceramics background with an ongoing examination of architectural structures enabled Weber to build beautiful, gravity-defying works that often eschew symmetry.

Since then, Weber has done residencies in San Francisco, Saratoga and Germany. She won the 2004 Public Art Award given by Americans for the Arts and the 1998 California Arts Council Individual Fellowship in Visual Arts. Her cardboard works have been translated to bronze and fiberglass and have been commissioned for public art displays around the country.

There will be an opening reception at CAFAM for Love and Other Audacities on Saturday, May 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Craft and Folk Art Museum
5814 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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