Mark Calderon | Sculpture

Nothing Is as Eloquent as Nothing
May 23 - June 29, 2013
Opening reception: First Thursday, June 6, 6-8
Artist talk: Saturday, June 8 at noon

Read Seattle Met
The Yin and Yang of Twenty-First Century Masters Sherry Markovitz's girls and dolls and Mark Calderon's sculptures of loss and void share the light at Greg Kucera.

By Sheila Farr

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At Kucera Gallery: Mark Calderon, Sherry Markovitz
By Michael Upchurch

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By Jen Graves

Nothing Is as Eloquent as Nothing
The works in this show ranges from realistic and figurative to abstract, and they are executed in many different media. Three works are based on the human figure, two represent articles of clothing, one portrays Lake Washington, and some recede into the wall.

As I was working on this exhibition I realized that much of the work seems to be about hollowness. I have explored this idea in the past and am repeatedly drawn to it. Sometimes it is a physical hollowness, but I am also trying to expose a hollowness of spirit, a sense of emptiness or longing.

I regard myself as very lucky and quite happy overall. Yet at times of quiet reflection I can sometimes connect with a profound sadness. Its origin has always seemed mysterious and slightly out of reach of my understanding. I grew up in a family that was not emotive, so as an adult I appreciate the gift of being able to feel emotions deeply. I feel this way even about difficult emotions like sadness and loss.

Some of this work responds specifically to personal losses of the last few years. Other pieces were inspired by recent global events. As in much of my previous work, I have looked to art of the past as I have sought to create a personal expression of these feelings.

REFLECT, 2013,
Cast bronze,
2.5 x 65 x 20 inches
Edition of 5

Cast bronze
15.5 x 8 x 8 inches
Edition of 7

FLARE 2, 2012
Cast bronze
9 x 6 x 4 inches
Edition of 5

Cast lead
9 x 24 x 9.5 inches
Edition of 5

LACUNA 1 (cloud), 2013
Cast acrylic modified cement
5.5 x 8.5 x 1.5 inches
Edition of 5

LACUNA 2 (cavity), 2013
Cast acrylic modified cement
7.25 x 2.5 x 1.25 inches
Edition of 5

LACUNA 3 (baby), 2013
Cast acrylic modified cement
16.25 x 5.25 x 2 inches
Edition of 5

LACUNA 4 (leaf), 2013
Cast acrylic modified cement
7.25 x 3.25 x 1 inches
Edition of 5

UNTITLED (hoodie), 2012
Black spine repair tape
30 x 20 x 12 inches

MUDRA, 2013
Black spine repair tape
64 x 17 x 12 inches

LENGUA, 2013
Color Photograph
40 x 30 inches

CORONA, 2012-2013
Cast bronze
1 x 7 x 7 inches
Variable Suite of 8