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Organic forms feature in Step Gallery exhibition

March 11, 2002

What: Natural Passions, an exhibition of sculptural works in wood, metal, stone
and fabric.

Where: Step Gallery, located in ASU’s Tempe Center complex, southeast corner of Mill Avenue and University Drive (gallery faces University Drive.)

Who: Angela Grimes, a senior at the Herberger College School of Art.

When: April 8-12, 2002.
          Opening Reception: 7-9 p.m., April 8.

Hours: Monday through Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. and Friday from noon to 3 p.m.

Cost: Always Free

About the Exhibition: Angela Grimes, a senior in the sculpture program, explores the sensual quality of the materials in which she works. Natural Passions showcases sculptural works in wood, metal, stone and fabric.
The title of the exhibition reflects the influence and inspiration of nature on Grimes’ passion: sculpture. This influence is strongly evident in Grimes’ work, much of which uses natural elements such as wood and stone. From the folding screen that features hand-dyed silk bearing the image of an aspen grove, to carved olive wood that presents a semi precious stone, Grimes’ passion for the natural shines through her work.

“I use a lot of natural forms - they’re very much drawn from nature,” Grimes says.

Grimes originally trained in the creation of hard wood furniture, but changed her major to sculpture when she found that furniture making didn’t give her enough room for creativity.

“Wood is definitely my focus of medium, but I’ve explored other avenues. I really need to work with my hands. I really need to work in the round,” Grimes says. “I’m such a sensual person with touch. The visual is almost a luxury of it to me. It’s the touch that is essential.”

Grimes also wants those who enjoy her work to do so with all their senses, just as she does when creating the work. Visitors to her exhibition will be invited to touch a number of the pieces.

About the Image:
Day in Lockett Meadow, 2000, by Angela Grimes. Alder, hand dyed silk, 5’ x 5’ x 2”.
Transforming the Pain, 2001, by Angela Grimes. Basswood, burled maple, purpleheart, blood wood.

The Step Gallery is one of three galleries on the ASU Tempe campus operated by students, staff and faculty of the School of Art in ASU’s Katherine K. Herberger College of Fine Arts. It is dedicated to solo and group shows by undergraduate students in the School of Art.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Pringle