December 7, 2019 — January 4, 2020
In Times Like These
Conduit Gallery is honored to announce the third solo exhibition of work by Anthony Sonnenberg: In Times Like These. The Texas-born, Fayetteville-based artist’s latest exhibition examines mortality, time, control, queerness, and the body through a narrative of sculpture, embroidery, and photography.
Sonnenberg’s latest body of work, created in the shadow of the election of Donald Trump, poses a question: Will we surrender to the dark times or will we rise up and move forward? He explores this question, as well as life and death, facades, and the emergence of the queer body through a contemporary Baroque lens that is simultaneously divine and decaying. Sonnenberg kiln-fires layers of porcelain with everyday objects and memorials: flowers, chandeliers, woven baskets, tombstones, and totems, and this exhibit also includes two personal self-portraits; one embroidered, and one photographed.
Sonnenberg’s work is imbued with his trademark take on beauty and romance, but questions of mortality lurk beneath the surface of each piece. In Times Like These is a personal tribute to the duality of life and death, beauty and decay, time and timelessness. The sculptural narrative of the exhibit explores the material, temporal, and, finally, ultimately, a revealing of the self, the body, the flesh to which all monuments are made. The result is a vital interrogation of death, divinity, and the exuberance of life created in the dark shadow of time -- and times like these.
Anthony Sonnenberg was born in 1986 in Graham, TX, and is currently based in Fayetteville Arkansas. He received his BA from the University of Texas Austin (2009) and his MFA from the University of Washington Seattle (2012). His work, which ranges from ceramic sculpture to installation and performance, has been shown in such art institutions as the Seattle Art Museum, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Craft Contemporary (Los Angeles). In 2018, he concluded his first solo museum exhibition at the Art Museum of South East Texas and is one of 60 contemporary artists chosen for the State of the Art II exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR (2020). Residencies include: CSULB Summer Studio Resident (2018), Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY (2017); the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX (2016); the Lawndale Artists Studio Program, Houston, TX (2015-16); Sculpture Space, Utica NY (2014); the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena MT (2014); Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood WA (2012); and the Ox-Bow School, Saugatuck MI (2017/2008).
Sarah Rose Etter, Artist and Author