February 23, 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
With Alice Hammond, Director of Gerald Peters Contemporary
Karen LaMonte’s figural sculptures explore how clothing defines cultural identities and acts as our “social skin,” revealing the body through hollow garments created in a variety of materials. In 2007, LaMonte travelled to Kyoto, Japan, to examine how clothing expresses notions of beauty across societies. She immersed herself in the process of making a kimono, studying its embedded symbolic meanings, ceremonial significance, and the role it plays in Geisha and Kabuki culture.
Returning to her studio in Prague with a collection of kimonos, LaMonte created her series Floating World. Join Alice Hammond, who represents Karen LaMonte at Gerald Peters Contemporary, as she discusses the ways in which Japanese culture and artwork is reflected in LaMonte’s Floating World body of work. Several of this series of objects are included in the Contemplate Japan exhibition.
Program made possible by the Kathy and John Howell Art Enrichment Program.
LEFT: Child's Kimono (Kimono 1), 3/3, 2012 by Karen LaMonte. Cast glass. On loan from the artist and Gerald Peters Gallery. Image © Karen LaMonte.
MIDDLE & FRONT PAGE: Maiko (Kimono 5) 2010 by Karen LaMonte. Ceramic. On loan from the artist and Gerald Peters Gallery. Image © Karen LaMonte.
RIGHT: Kabuki (Kimono 9) 2011 by Karen LaMonte. Ceramic. On loan from the artist and Gerald Peters Gallery. Image © Karen LaMonte.