LITTLE ROCK, ARK.- The Arkansas Arts Center
presents the exhibition Bigger, Better, More: The Art of Viola Frey, on view August 20 November 28, 2010, in the Townsend Wolfe and Jeannette Edris Rockefeller Galleries. Bigger, Better, More is the first major exhibition of ceramist Viola Freys works since her death in 2004. Frey is most renowned for her large-scale monumental figures.
In this show, the large colossal ceramic sculptures greet viewers head on with arms outstretched or eyes looking directly at the visitor. Frey recounted her own life, as well as late-twentieth century culture, through her art. She is a forerunner in self-revelation by creating sculptures and vignettes based on her own personal relationships, recollections and the people she knew.
Frey often created bricolages, which are collage-like clay assemblages. In these sculptures, inspiration came from objects found or purchased at flea markets that were seen as junk to others, but had meaning to her. Nonetheless, she is best known for her brilliantly colored, literally larger-than-life ceramic figures, ranging up to 12 feet tall, that she created later in her career. Freys paintings, plates and drawings are also on view in the exhibition. Freys work is influenced by her family, especially her grandmothers and mother, artists Mark Rothko, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol.
The exhibition is co-organized by the Gardiner Museum, Toronto and the Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin.