Locks Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Ann Agee. The Kitchen Sink
will be on view September 4 through October 13, 2012. There will a reception for the artist
on Friday, September 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
For her second solo exhibition at Locks Gallery, Agee designed an installation of white porcelain
sculptures and mixed-media objects, creating a visual conversation on feminism,
craft, labor and modern family life.
Ann Agee’s work plays with historical conventions of decorative and fine art, as seen through
contemporary eyes --the white porcelain quotes both eighteenth-century English porcelain,
and chinaware found in second-hand stores. The resulting body of work resembles a range
of fantasized objects that tell of the artist’s daily life, which is inseparable from her art. The
gallery space is transformed into a partial replica of the artist’s home studio, and a hybrid
Stenciled floor-to-ceiling scrolls reproduce parts of Agee’s studio in unrealistic, bright colors.
A jumble of white, flowery sculpture-objects in porcelain cover large tables. Figurines
represent daily life activities, from gardening to street protesting, children studying, and the
artist modeling her pieces at the wheel. Some are kept under glass domes, while smaller
porcelain objects are stored in jars. Hand-made shoes, dresses, and steel chairs, among
other things, complete the tableau. A hand-made catalog advertises the objects on view,
most of which bear the Agee Manufacturing Co. stamp, as a signature of the artist’s “production”.
Ann Agee, The Kitchen Sink, installation view at Locks Gallery, 2012
Agee recently created major installations at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY (2012) and
at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA, (2010). Her work has been seen in prominent clay
exhibitions “Dirt on Delight,” Institute of Contemporary Art, PA (traveled to the Walker Art
Center, MN) and “Conversations in Clay,” Katonah Art Museum, NY. She has been a recipient
of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2012), The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation
Award (1997) and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1992, 1989), among
others. Her work is in the collections of: The Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; The De Young,
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA; The Henry Art Museum in Seattle, WA; The Kohler
Art Center in Sheboygan, WI; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; The Museum of
Contemporary Art in Miami, FL; The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, PA; The Philadelphia
Museum of Art, PA; The RISD Art Museum, RI.
Locks Gallery is located at 600 Washington Square South in Philadelphia, PA. Gallery hours
are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm. For additional information, please contact
Locks Gallery at 215-629-1000, fax 215-629-3868, or email firstname.lastname@example.org