In Intimate Concert: Carol Mickett & Robert Stackhouse
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 10, 2016
The Leslie Curran Gallery @ ARTicles
1431 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, FL – The Leslie Curran Gallery @ ARTicles proudly presents the exhibition In Intimate Concert: Carol Mickett & Robert Stackhouse in conjunction with St Pete’s 2nd Saturday ArtWalk on Saturday, December 10th, 6-9pm.
Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse are known for producing large-scale drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, and monumental installations. In contrast, the Leslie Curran Gallery offers a more intimate space for a combination of medium and small-scale works. The internationally known collaborative artists’ new project combines iconic imagery of water and the moon. As an installation, the work reminds us that our world, as do we, moves in intimate concert.
The exhibition includes a variety of works that depict the idea of water, in particular a series of river paintings related to the artists’ recent study of the rapids of the James River in Richmond, VA. In addition, the moon, which is central to the exhibition, is a powerful symbol, serving as both a water-mover and a reflector of sunlight. In context to each other, these natural elements remind viewers that our world is, on all levels, relational.
A bench placed in the gallery provides an opportunity to sit in an environment ready for quiet reflection or a romping conversation.
Bio for Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse
Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse have worked collaboratively for over sixteen years. They make paintings, prints, and large-scale, place-appropriate sculpture and use all of them, and more, to create engaging places. Museums, private collectors, commercial developers, and state and local governments commission their work.
Their work is an exploration in finding new metaphors for how to think about who and where we are. Jonathan Goodman wrote in Sculpture Magazine: “Their partnership was especially effective in this work [Breath of Water, Lab Gallery, NYC] with its conflation of ideas and image, concept and structure. The visuals succeeded in part because the piece embodied knowledge of timeless philosophical concepts and in part because its construction was highly current, addressing the visual language of our time.”
Mickett and Stackhouse’s most recent work includes Gateway Trio (2015), a privately commissioned ensemble for the lobby of the new Gateway Plaza Building in downtown Richmond, VA, which includes a 72 foot long mosaic and a 43 foot long glass and stainless steel pass-through sculpture and which, coupled with the building, has won several awards; Breath of Cyprus Moon (2013), a 8’H x 27’Diameter installation at the Selby Gallery at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL; Breath of Water (2012), a 8’H x 38L’ x 18W’ installation, at the Lab Gallery in New York City; On Board (2011), a series of five paintings, located on the USFSP campus and commissioned by the Florida’s Art in State Building Program; and Place In The Woods, (2010), a bronze and brass pass-through sculpture, 14’H x 28’L x 14’W, commissioned by the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Benwood Foundation, and the Art in Public Places Project in Chattanooga, TN.
Carol Mickett comes to the collaboration from a background in philosophy, film, radio, poetry, and theater. Mickett holds her Ph.D. in philosophy, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated summa cum laude. She is on the board of the Edible Peace Patch Project and Tiger Bay, was the host/curator of the series Our Town at the Dalí Museum, host and producer of Art Radio in Kansas City, MO; producer and director of the documentary film, Robert Stackhouse: an artist at work, director of History Speaks, a video archive of the history of Kansas City, guest editor/writer for a special issue on the history of the arts in Kansas City for Kawsmouth, a journal of history from the University of Missouri-Kansas City; and a producer/writer for Uniquely Kansas City, a 5 part documentary on the arts in Kansas City for Kansas City Public Television. Mickett is the recipient of numerous grants, presented numerous lectures, and has published essays, poems, and interviews in Canadian Philosophical Review, Hypatia, Prairie Schooner, and New Letters among others.
Robert Stackhouse, prior to joining the collaborative team of Mickett/Stackhouse, was best known for his large-scale architectural sculpture and large-scale paintings. His works are included in the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery of Australia, Walker Art Center, and Art Institute of Chicago among many others. He has held endowed chairs at Hartford School of Art at Hartford University, the University of Denver, and the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Florida, is Professor Emeritus from the Corcoran College of Art in Washington, D.C., and is the recipient of three NEA individual artist grants. Stackhouse is in the Polk County Hall of Fame and his alma mater, Auburndale High School, named their art building “The Robert Stackhouse Art Center.”
A print-ready image is attached to this email. For a complete resume and additional information about the artists and the exhibition, please contact the gallery at (727) 898-6061.
Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse, Daytime Moon, 48 x 60”, acrylic on canvas