“Empowered Objects,” an exhibition of intriguing forms by Claudia DeMonte – elegant sculptural vessels and female fetish objects that symbolize women’s multifaceted roles and portentous impact – is now on view at the June Kelly Gallery. It will be shown through April 17.
Writing in the exhibition catalogue, Tom Sokolowski, director of the Andy Warhol Museum, says DeMonte’s art “has always found fertile soil in the questions of women’s identity, but not in the stereotypical feminism that has been popularized… .”
Her work, he writes, “has been consistently infused by a nimble touch, coupled with a wonderful, gentle sense of irony.”
In this exhibition, DeMonte focuses on two themes. Some pieces, her archetypical “fetishes,” are sculpted wood encrusted with evocative pewter pictographic configurations. Others, called “artifacts,” are bronzes and, Sokolowski says, have “a decided gravitas” and reference ancient Minoan ritualistic sculpture.
DeMonte lives and works in New York and Kent, Connecticut. She received a bachelor’s degree from College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Baltimore, and an MFA from Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
DeMonte’s work is represented in many public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum, and the Bass Museum, Miami.