The Air and The Ground, a two-person exhibition organized by Brian Harper, opened at the IU Southeast Ronald L. Barr gallery on September 21st , 2012. Natalie Tornatore and Ben Stout (the air and the ground respectively) both expand upon the material and conceptual conditions of the cultural landscape and together they help to broaden what can only be seen as the expanded field of Ceramics and American Craft.
Tornatore’s hybrid style of drawing and sculpture materialize the traces of liminal space. Delicate ceramic objects, thin lines of clear wire, reflective glass crystals, and digital projections of the shifting light through a window are pieces in a body of work that makes time materially present while touching on the infinitely fleeting and monumentally expansive environments above and around us. Relying on intersticial architectural features, the work aims to present the overlooked aspects of spaces that construct our consciousness. Viewers can be expect to become more aware of their own bodies through viewing her work and in turn become part of the poetics of space.
Stout’s work is a reconsideration of the cast object. Part artwork and part document, his castings serve as a vestige for methods at the edge of performance. Adhesive materials like tape and rubber are used to cast inside municipal thoroughfares and photographs synthesize cast form and environmental process.