Angelica Sandoval, Untitled (detail), 2017, porcelain, steel, LED’s, dimensions variable,
Courtesy of the artist © Angelica Sandoval. Photo: Barbara Sullivan Photography
Life as an Artist: Making it Work in Kansas City
Cheryl Eve Acosta
Thursday, September 28
5:00 p.m. Cash bar
6:00 p.m. Panel discussion, moderated by Barbara O'Brien,
Exhibition Curator and Executive Director of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, in cooperation with the Kansas City Chapter of National
Written by Barbara O'Brien, Exhibition Curator and Executive Director of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Angelica Sandoval grew up in Turner, Kansas and studied 3-D design at KCAI. While earning her master's at Cranbrook, she started "leaning more toward ceramics and light installation." After graduation, "The Crossroads was blowing up at that point and my family is here, so I moved back." Fore Women to Watch exhibition, Sandoval created the site-dependent installation Empyreal (2017) in response to the sloping ceilings of the Sally Kemper Wood Gallery, but also as the culmination of an ongoing conceptual and formal investigation. More than fifty suspended from steel cables, drawing in space with flowing irregular lines. "Gravity will push and pull them in certain directions that are not determined until I install," Sandoval explains.
Sandoval carefully considers the gallery experience: "I extended the length of the steel rods to encourage the viewers to have a more intimate face-to-face interaction with the pieces." Lit from within by LED lights and staggered at heights from six feet (a near face-to-face experience) to just a few feet from the gallery ceiling, the porcelain forms feel like stars strewn across the night sky. The steel rods become gestures; their curvilinear form suggesting movement and animating the viewing experience, moving strongly away from any utilitarian function.
According to Sandoval, "Empyreal is the word the ancients used to describe the highest form of heavens, formed of pure fire and light," and this installation culminates her "pursuit of the uncharted beauty of my orchestrated anthropomorphic pieces." The porcelain slip, which Sandoval uses in an unconventional way for its translucent qualities. "The varied thickness of the porcelain become visceral, playing into the attraction and repulsion of the beauty and ugliness of the pieces."
Angelica Sandoval , Untiled (detail), 2017, aluminum, paint, vinyl