Lisa Reinertson, known both for her large scale figurative ceramic sculptures and for her significant public memorials in bronze, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the UC Davis campus and Cesar Chavez, in Sacramento’s Chavez Plaza Park, has returned to working primarily in clay to produce a new body of work on view in Lisa Reinertson: Edge of Extinction, at the Pence Gallery from April 26 through June 14.
In this exhibition, Reinertson explores our relationship with the animal world, driven by her awareness of the crisis of so many animals on the verge of extinction. Human figures are portrayed in relation with animals, such as a bear, wolf or gorilla, reminding us that under our manmade world is the primal natural world that sustains and supports us. Exploring the meanings behind the associations we attach to animals, Reinertson’s animals are intimately attached to the human presence they define. Resonating in myth and poetry, her sculptures express an awareness of our responsibility of stewardship for life on this earth, which is ultimately interlinked with our own survival.
Reinertson’s work has been featured in exhibitions and museums both nationally and internationally, including the Crocker Art Museum, Oakland Museum, Arizona State University Art Museum, and the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, Italy. Reinertson completed her master’s degree in fine art at UC Davis, studying with Robert Arneson and Manuel Neri. She has completed over 20 public commissions, has held professorships at several institutions of higher learning and is Adjunct Faculty with the San Francisco Art Institute.
Public Reception and 2nd Friday ArtAbout: Please visit us on Friday, April 26 and Friday, May 10 from 6-9 PM for receptions to meet the artist and view the exhibit. FREE.
Artist Social: Saturday, April 27, 4-5 PM. FREE. Come by the Pence during the 25th Annual California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art to meet Lisa Reinertson, view her ceramic sculptures, and enjoy casual conversation on ceramic art.
Hope for Endangered Animals: Lisa Reinertson and Dr. Kirsten Gilardi, Saturday, May 18, 7-8:30 PM. FREE. Join artist Lisa Reinertson and Dr. Kirsten Gilardi, Co-Director of the Gorilla Doctors, for a discussion on the organization’s work with endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda, and how the crisis of endangered animals has influenced Reinertson’s sculptural work. The Gorilla Doctors organization was formed by the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center and The Mountain Gorillas Veterinary Project, which was founded to realize the vision of American researcher Dian Fossey to save the gorillas from extinction.
This exhibit is sponsored by Jim and Sue Smith. The artist is represented locally by the John Natsoulas Gallery.