Wonder (noun); a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable. “I stood in front of it, observing the intricacy of the work with the wonder of a child”.
“When one is invited into the house of Marilyn Keating, the studio of Eric Schultz, or the world created by The Oiseaux Sisters, wonder is the best word to describe how you feel. This September, the Arts Council of Princeton’s Taplin Gallery will feature work from these artists, filling the space with kites, figures composed of scrap metal parts, paper mache birds, wooden pull toys, and so many other one-of-a-kind elements. Like a kid in a toy store, you won’t be able to stop smiling, imagining how all of these items came into being.
Marilyn Keating from Gloucester, NJ, received her BFA in sculpture from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, PA. Throughout the last 15 years, she has concentrated much of her energy on public art, outdoor art, and community projects and currently works as a Teaching Artist for the State of New Jersey. Though skilled in many materials, Marilyn is first and foremost a woodworker. She has been the recipient of three fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts . Marilyn has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions and her work appears in many public and private collections. She is a 2007 recipient of The George and Helen Segal Foundation Award for New Jersey sculptors. This will be her first show in Princeton.
The Oiseaux Sisters, Susan Andrews and Carolyn Fellman, creates work that incorporates humor, movement, and metaphor. Their mixed media materials include paper, tin, clay, cloth, carved and painted wood, and found objects. They have created a series of figurative, often biographical or mythological, figures that range from small to larger than life.
The Oiseauxs honor attics, outbuildings, and collections both random and methodical. To them, all is a story. All objects are in conversation with each other: sometimes the subject, sometimes the object, sometimes the verb. But always talking. They love to make their work and are always asking, ‘Are we there yet? What is the journey and what is the destination? What is truth and what is fiction? What is memory? What is desire?
Eric Schultz’s work is a combination of emotion, spirit, and often humor brought together through distinctive techniques and his own experiences with both life and art. Eric’s goal is to open people’s minds to the diverse function and meaning of the everyday objects we create by exploring the programmed response and emotional attachment people have to their things.
Eric says, ‘I strive for the individual pieces I use to relate to the meaning of the whole form, like a sentence in a story. Only then am I able to give life back to lost and forgotten objects from the recognizable – animals, people, vehicles – to the fantastic. It is important to show that trash and waste are a matter of perspective and my art is recycling in a broader and more beautiful sense’.
Each of these artist’s work will fill the viewer with a sense of awe and delight. With summer ending and children heading back to school to ‘get serious’ again, be sure to stop by our gallery, prolong summer and renew your sense of wonder.”