Saints and Saviors
By Frank Thoms
Blessed be the artist who imbeds his soul in his work. Peter A. Davis and Kathleen Cammarata can be counted in this congregation, singing visual hosannas in clay and graphite. The light meets the shadow in Davis’s sculptural ceramic shrines and in Cammarata’s drawings of saints and saviors.
Saints and Saviors
Sun, Jan 10, 3-7pm
Colonia San Antonio
Davis centers his altars with well known holy figures such as Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Infant of Prague, and the Buddha. Adorning the central persona are cupids, angels, swans, and devils. Filigree leaves, wings, finials, and flowers join in the opera of elaborate forms. One piece is titled “48 Voices”; each voice is a choir member on the reverse of the sculpture banishing the diablos with their singing. A second piece focuses on the traditional Infant of Prague holding an imperial orb surmounted by a cross set against two cupids and several finials. On both sides black swans stand in contrast to the Infant’s white and red vestments. The black swan has historically represented rare events beyond the realm of normal expectations. This sculpture is certainly a metaphor for such an event. All the work is joyful in color and baroque in design.
Cammarata presents three drawing series. The first, titled “Erased Saints” is a commentary on women patron saints as protectors of psychological concerns. These are inventions of saints, slightly satirical and mildly erotic in imagery. The second series, titled “Vestal Virgins,” are more ornate in style with female nudes wearing flowery headpieces, corsets, and waistbands. The original Vestal Virgins of Rome were covered in robes and veils, hence the irony of the drawings. The third series, titled “Supergirls,” are mixed media figures posed from known comic book superheroines. They burst with power, emitting flying flora from their bodies.
The viewer will discover affinities between these artists. The exhibition offers alternatives to the traditional idea of the sacred and the spiritually powerful.
Peter A. Davis, a graduate of Cooper Union, taught for more than 15 years and became a master sprig and mold maker. Davis has ceramics in the permanent collections of the Pfizer Headquarters in NYC and the Jingdezhen Ceramic Museum in China and was an exhibitor in the Ohr-Okeefe Museum in Mississippi as well as numerous venues around the US.
Kathleen Cammarata, a graduate of Montclair University, has taught in two museums and a university in the US. She has had 25 solo exhibitions and participated in more than 50 juried exhibitions. Her work is in numerous collections in the US and Mexico.
The exhibition can be seen on Sunday, January 10, from 3 to 7pm with candle lighting at 5:30pm at Esperanza Studio, Alameda 6, Colonia San Antonio. Or by appointment through Sunday, January 17, by emailing email@example.com.