2011 Young Sculptors Competition

Alan Pocaro
CityBeat

This fall Miami University presents its 2011 Young Sculptors Competition. A national juried exhibition, this biennial event brings together 10 of the nation's top sculptors under the age of 35, all competing for the prestigious — and lucrative — William and Dorothy Yeck Prize. Organized around a non-representational theme, this year's show highlights the diverse approaches to art-making available to the contemporary sculptor. Works by Josh Johnson, Clair Hedden and Taylor Baldwin (whose polyglot assemblage dominates the North Gallery) all make use of unconventional materials combined in novel ways. Texas native Troy Stanley's kinetic "on the death of things" unites green cocktail umbrellas and innovative engineering to create an awe-inspiring mechanical sculpture that "breathes." Of all the pieces on display, only Valeria Yamamoto's marble and aluminum Rain is carved in the traditional sense. An elegant work, Rain's polished marble floats effortlessly atop a series of toothpick-thin aluminum rods. This stylized interpretation of a cloud and its concomitant downpour steals the show in its own quiet way. Worth the trip, the artist's reception for the 2011 Young Sculptors Competition is Friday 5:15-6:30 p.m. at Miami University's Hiestand Galleries North. The Juror's lecture is Thursday at 7 p.m. in Room 100 in the Art Building. Exhibition continues through Oct. 13. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment.

Where: Miami University
Phone: 513-529-1809
Address: 501 E. High St.
Website: http://arts.muohio.edu/art/facilities/hiestand-galleries

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