Joan Bankemper, Sophie Bankemper Frances. Winter Bounds to Spring

30 May 2024 – 19 Jul 2024

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From May 30 through July 19, 2024, Nancy Hoffman Gallery will present the first ceramic sculpture exhibition of mother-daughter artists Joan Bankemper and Sophie Bankemper Frances.


Each of the collab team works on a specific aspect of the ceramic sculptures: Sophie creates the biomorphic forms, more interested in their sculptural shapes and character than in creating a vessel. She hand-builds the sculptural forms intuitively, some of which make reference to the human body, providing her Mother, Joan, with richly varied surfaces on which to work. Joan creates the skin, the color, the handwriting that gives each work its distinction.

The first piece on which the duo worked together, in 2024, Piedmont, is an irregular bulbous shape that narrows at the neck, suggesting it might be a recipient for flowers. Tiny porcelain flowers adorn it, along with clay circles of all shapes and sizes in pale silvery gray. There is a contrapunto energy between the delicate flower beds, the variegated shapes and sizes of circles, and the rugged green grout suggesting a garden, and the somewhat (intentionally) unrefined asymmetrical shape.

Might this family duo be commenting on the state of the world that is no longer refined, in a state of flux, asymmetrical, with a lot of unpleasantness, in juxtaposition to the coming of Spring with its richness and beauty? This is the simplest work in the exhibition. The other sculptures are larger, pierced with openings with twists and turns enabling Joan to go to work with her imagination and palate.

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Joan Bankemper

Sophie Bankemper Frances


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