Alex Matisse: Ometto
May 12 - October 21
This installation of large ceramic vessels will be the signature work on The Bascom campus in 2012.
“In Italy, the word Ometto, meaning ‘little man’, is used to describe rock cairns that lead the way on hiking trails above the tree line, marking the path through barren landscapes. My own Ometti have a human quality with a large but unimposing stature, a defined head and broad shoulders...
The pots in the exhibition originate from the tradition of salt-glazed stoneware grave markers that were made in abundance in the counties of the eastern Piedmont of North Carolina...This project is my first step out of the comfort and familiarity of utility and defined function. But like all of my work, the Ometto project remains an exercise in repetition, refinement, and restraint.”
“The Ometti will convene on the front lawn of The Bascom, holding vigil for a few months, before being marshaled into the world to take up their posts.” Alex Matisse
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The 2012 Showhouse is a 10,000-square-foot masterpiece with long-range mountain views located on a four-acre tract in the Pinchot Community, a scant mile and a half north of downtown Cashiers. The home, built in 2004, has six bedrooms with six full and two half baths, along with activity rooms and every amenity imaginable for luxurious mountain living.
This year’s Members Challenge entitled, Couples, promises to be an exhibit beyond com-pair. Members are asked to interpret couples: rhythm and blues, salt and pepper, twins, double takes, comedy and tragedy. The Bascom is pairing up with the Highlands/Cashiers Hospital and their Healing Arts Project. The free public reception is on August 18th, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The show runs through October 14th.