You are cordially invited to a cocktail reception
DIALOGUE BETWEEN TWO ARTISTS
SUSAN AURINKO & JYL BONAGURO
photography & marble
Thursday * JUNE 2 * 6 to 8 pm
Award Winning photographer & poet, Susan Aurinko
will meet with artist, sculptor & playwright Jyl Bonaguro
for a dialogue EXPLORING STONE, through the lens and with hammer & chisel.
Join us for an extraordinary evening of art and discussion on how these two artists navigate
the medium of stone though their travels and unique perspectives.
While working on my SPIRITS IN STONE series, I became fascinated by the garments the statues were dressed in. It was, and is, a marvel to me that sculptors can render textiles in stone so realistically. I placed some of the photographs of draped fabric and there was literally no difference. The wonderful flow of these abstract details of carved clothing inspired this ongoing body of work that I have titled, TENDRESSE. ~ Susan Aurinko
Susan Aurinko's works reside in private collections throughout the world, from Paris to Monaco, Italy, the UK, India and throughout the United States. Her works are included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in both the U.S. and UK. Aurinko will be the featured artist in a solo exhibition at LUMA (Loyola University Museum of Art) in June 2017 for her series SEARCHING FOR JEHANNE - The Joan of Arc Project. Her preview exhibition was named among Chicago's THE FIVE BEST PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWS 2014 by New City Art.
This summer Bonaguro travels to Italy for the month of July to work and study at the marble quarries in Carrara and Pietrasanta. These quarries are the very same quarries where Michelangelo found his blocks for the David. She will journey to the home of Michelangelo to research the quarries in preparation for her next endeavor of carving a marble female figure at the same scale (over 15 feet tall) of Michelangelo's David.
Our favorite filmmakers, Dorian & Maggie Iribarren of Motion Filmworks will be documenting this journey and is proud to release their first glimpse into the world of hand carving marble (view video above.)
Bonaguro has also launched a KICKSTARTER campaign to help fund this project. If you would like to make a pledge, please visit Jyl's page: Hammer & Stone
"A phone call in 2014 from an old friend and fellow artist from New Orleans changed my life trajectory. He remembered my desire to carve stone and offered me some blocks of Italian marble; all I needed to do was pick them up from Georgia and build him a website. Thousands of miles in a truck driven by my supportive parents, a fork lift and over 800 pounds of marble later, I finally found a material that resonated with me. As soon as I touched the stone blocks, everything coalesced. I had for years dreamt that I wanted to carve a female figure at the same scale of Michelangelo's David. That dream had seemed impossible. But now working with chisels that I bought in New Orleans before the hurricane, I began carving that marble. The learning curve, not to mention the physical exhaustion that ensued, often caused me to question my sanity. But I persevered and my first series of marble sculptures came to life. They are fragmented figurative sculptures that intend to reveal how countless civilizations have risen and fallen to be only reduced to ruins. This endless cycle casts immortality and beauty as transient forms of illusion." ~ Jyl Bonaguro