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April 4, 2016

Avila University Hosts “Wonderland” an Exhibit of Porcelain Sculpture by Angelica Sandoval at Thornhill Gallery

Wonderland Exhibit Poster



What: The Thornhill Gallery will be hosting an upcoming exhibit, “Wonderland” by Angelica Sandoval, a sculptor and designer whose installations defy the traditional conventional aspects of porcelain. Sandoval’s work revolves around the act of synthesizing materials and space in conjunction with light. 

“I use porcelain, in an unconventional way, for its translucent qualities.  I create containers of light that are a production of paper-thin pieces.  The varied thickness of the material distributes the light, producing undulating hues.  The textural thicknesses of the material are revealed when the light illumes, elucidating the transient states of porcelain, beginning as a creamy liquid and transforming into a tangible form.  The light exposes the action and movement of the material and its former liquidity,” said Sandoval.

Sandoval was awarded the Arts KC Inspiration Grant in 2012 and again in 2014 toward an installation in the Historic Power & Light Building. A resident in the Charlotte Street Foundation Urban Culture Project Studio Residency Program from 2011-2012, she completed a summer residency in 2009 at Casa Marles in Llorenc del Peneds, Spain. Sandoval received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and a Master’s degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art.  She has taught at the Kansas City Art Institute, Avila University and currently teaches at Johnson County Community College.

Sandoval said, “My system invites the idea of chance into the process, creating a family of unique pieces. The randomness suggests the issue of accepting and appreciating the beauty of mistakes similar to the Japanese term ‘wabi-sabi’ the aesthetic that elevates the beauty of things imperfect, misshapen, and ugly. The act of throwing a little chance into standardization is the act of ‘wabi-sabi.’

My passion lies with the experimentation of discovering a variety of materials’ limits, pushing them beyond their boundaries, removing the material from its’ original context and assigning a new identity.”

The installation will also include “Art Sound” by Nihan Yesil.

To learn more about Sandoval, please visit her website at http://www.studioasandoval.com/

Who: The Kansas City community and art enthusiasts

When: April 4 – April 29, 2016

A reception will be held on Friday, April 8 from 5-8 pm.

Admission to this exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday from 10 am – 3 pm. 

Where: Thornhill Gallery – Avila University Campus – 11901 Wornall Rd.  Kansas City, MO  64145 

Contact: Susan Lawlor, Thornhill Gallery Director – 816.501.3762 or thornhillgallery@avila.edu

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