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2014 Artists of the Year exhibition, Touchstone Center for Crafts

With my husband/metalsmith Jim Bove!

This shared exhibit will feature the works of Jim Bové and Yoko Sekino-Bové, Touchstone’s 2014 Artists of the Year. While their work may seem very different, these artists have similar approaches to synthesizing form, function, and tradition. Jim and Yoko both start the creative process with a white canvas. Yoko works in creamy and translucent porcelain clay vessels, and Jim creates a wide range of pristinely painted metal geometric planes. From this shared starting point, their relationship to imagery and surface diverges in dramatic and interesting ways. Yoko uses pictorial imagery to create narrations about human emotions and social interactions, and to explore the beauty of design through flora and fauna. Jim’s non-objective compositions explore line, shape, and form while intentionally being devoid of narrative or imagery. His work combines minimalism and abstract expressionism in wearable art. Ultimately, both artists are exploring the possibilities of form and design on and with functional art. They use traditional techniques, Yoko in ceramics and Jim in metalsmithing, while defining new boundaries for what these traditional materials and techniques can say. The synergy and contrast between the two will make for an interesting exhibit. Jim and Yoko’s work will be featured in the Bea Campbell Gallery from August 1 through October 10, 2014. 

Touchstone Center for Crafts

1049 Wharton Furnace Road, Farmington, PA 15437