Stephanie Kantor, born in 1985 in Pittsburgh, PA, places her ceramic sculptures in what she calls “created environments” that immerse the viewer in a fabricated material culture. She received an MFA in ceramics from CU Boulder, studying with renowned sculptors Kim Dickey, Scott Chamberlin, and Jeanne Quinn in 2015, after earning her BFA from Penn State in 2009. Kantor has shown nationally at Patterson Gallery (PA), Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (KS), Paragraph Gallery (MO), Belgar Crane Yard Studios (MO), Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (CO), and Sala Diaz (TX).
Kantor’s Artaxis statement offers insight into her artistic vision and inspiration for these immersive “created” spaces:
“In my artwork, I seek to capture the overwhelming nature of experiencing new places and the quiet beauty of local traditions. I am fascinated with cultures that are the most distant from my own. Yet I understand the dangers of Orientalism, the potential other-ing and exploitation that may come from working with foreign cultures. My interest in culture comes from a place of appreciation where I stay open-minded and open-hearted where I focus on the peculiarities of each individual place without judgement or comparison. I use ornamentation and decoration to create a facade of culture, where my objects speak to the fluidity of the world around us by highlighting patterns and forms that blur boundaries and show cultural hybridization. My visual language is a blend of motifs inspired from family traditions combined with foreign symbols, forms, and aesthetics.”
“Kantor’s work explores the paradoxical aspects of culture, both expansive and local. She samples at will, an arbitrary collection of misinterpretations, gentrifying foreign cultures. Kantor makes large scale, sculptural ceramic pots and places them within created environments, transporting the viewer to an alternate reality. She utilizes ornamentation and decoration to create a facade of culture, where her objects speak to multiplicity, cultural diversity, and artifice.”
About the Exhibition
Great Expectations @GOCA121, downtown
August 4 - November 11, 2017
Erica Day, Nathaniel Hodges, Stephanie Kantor, Suzie McMurtry, Diego Rodriguez-Warner, Elizabeth Selby, Frankie Toan, Streeter Wright, Ryan Wurst, Dustin Young
This biannual exhibition surveys emerging artists working along the Colorado Front Range corridor. Artists working in Colorado in 2017 are diverse and this exhibit at our downtown GOCA121 site aims to reflect that reality. The artists featured are working across a broad range of media - painting, drawing, sculptural installation, new media, and performance - and creating contemporary art in exciting and challenging ways. Great Expectations will introduce you to some of the brightest (art) stars from the Front Range of Colorado.