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CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: cuerpo exquisito


CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: cuerpo exquisito 13 September – 29 November 2019

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INDEX

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EXHIBITION OVERVIEW

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ARTIST STATEMENT

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WORKS OF ART

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

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BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOGRAPHY

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CV

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS


EXHIBITION OVERVIEW

Hodges Taylor is pleased to present CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: cuerpo exquisito, a solo exhibition featuring new large-scale installations and figural sculptures by the Puerto Rican ceramic artist living and working in Penland, North Carolina. This is Córdova’s third solo exhibition with Hodges Taylor. Córdova studied engineering before quickly shifting her focus to clay – a medium that allowed her to display her technical skill coupled with an impulse to create. Trained as a dancer and raised in the Catholic Church, her staging of the body is referential of both classical gestures of ballet and the theatrics of reverence. Córdova’s work is intimate, both through portraiture of her daughters, and the conveyance of her Puerto Rican culture through object and aesthetic. The sculptures in cuerpo exquisito approach the artist’s recurring subject matter of the body as layered and reactionary – to environment, heritage, culture, and politics. In this exhibition, largescale ceramic and collaged photographic installations create two distinct dialogues through diorama, anchored by her daughter’s body as both model and memento. The artist’s new wall-based sculptures navigate what she calls “that little line between what I need to say for myself and how to communicate with the communityat-large experiencing my work.” Through meticulously hand-built clay, Córdova gestures us to reconsider the preconscious power of the body as truly exquisite.

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ARTIST STATEMENT

“Amidst our daily distractions, we all vibrate with the constant hum of the corporeal, with the unheard dialogue of the body with this world. “El Cuerpo,” the body, holds the biological resonance of our history while emitting that intangible summation that shapes everything around us. It is matter and myth, serving both as repository and beacon. Throughout this exhibition, the figure, in its different iterations, serves as witness to the constant unfolding of that phenomenal interplay between humanity and the complex systems it inhabits.” Cristina Córdova

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Cabeza I, 2019, ceramic, approximately 16 x 29.5 x 12.5 inches.


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Cabeza II, 2019, ceramic, approximately 24 x 14 x 9 inches.


Del balcรณn, 2019, ceramic and metal, approximately 52 x 22 x 13.5 inches.


Del balcรณn, detail.

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Isla I, 2019, ceramic, approximately 30 x 17 x 8.5 inches.


Isla II, 2019, ceramic, approximately 23 x 18 x 7.5 inches.

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Isla III, 2019, ceramic, approximately 28 x 15 x 9 inches.

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Isla IV, 2019, ceramic, approximately 32 x 27 x 7 inches.


Isla V, 2019, ceramic, approximately 23 x 16 x 7 inches.

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Recolecciรณn, 2019, ceramic, approximately 67 x 24 x 12.5 inches.


Recolecciรณn, detail.


“Through my work I seek to generate figurative compositions that explore the boundary between the material driven, sensorial experience of an object and the psychological resonance of our involuntary dialogues with the self-referential.” Cristina Córdova


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Busca, recoje, 2019, ceramic and photograph installation, Installation: 112” (wide) x 57” (deep) x 85” (tall); Figure: 54” (tall) x 30” (wide) x 20” (deep).

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“Through the gesture, posture and context of her figures she explores this connection, attempting to freeze and capture the biological response to emotional events, and the ways a body carries the memories of those experiences.� Grace Cote Charlotte Observer September 2019

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Altar, 2019, ceramic and photograph installation, Installation: 83” (tall) x 75” (deep) x 82” (wide); Figure: 10” (tall) x 49” (deep) x 30” (wide).


ABOUT CRISTINA CÓRDOVA Cristina Córdova received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez and continued to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. In 2002, she entered a three-year artists residency program at Penland School of Crafts where she later served in the board of trustees from 2006 to 2010 and now resides. She has received a North Carolina Arts Council fellowship, a Virginia A. Groot Foundation grant, and the prestigious United States Artists fellowship. Cristina taught at Penland School of Crafts (NC), Haystack Mountain School (ME), Santa Fe Clay (NM), Mudfire (GA), Odyssey Center for Ceramics (NC) and Anderson Ranch (CO), among others. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.), the Fuller Craft Museum, (MA), the Mint Museum of Craft and Design (NC), the Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico (PR), the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico (PR), and the Joseph-Schein Museum (NY).

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CV EDUCATION 2002 1999–2000 1998

M.F.A., Ceramics, NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY Special Student, NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY B.A., magna cum laude, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, Colegio de Agricultura y Artes Mecánicas, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

2005 2004, 2006 1999 1999 1998–1999

Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME Touchstone Center for Crafts, Farmington, PA Antonieta Hambleton Studio, Cayey, Puerto Rico

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C Colección Acosta, San Juan, Puerto Rico Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA Museum of Contemporary Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico Museum of Art of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL Gretchen Keyworth, Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston, MA Joseph-Schein Museum, Alfred, NY SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2019 CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: cuerpo exquisito, Hodges Taylor, Charlotte, NC 2018 del Balcón, Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams, MA CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: JUNGLA, Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred, NY 2016 Cerca Y Lejos I Cristina Córdova, Penland Gallery, Penland Gallery & Visitors Center, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC 2014 Cristina Córdova, Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC 2013 Cristina Córdova: Tierra de Leche y Miel, Pamil Fine Art, PR 2011 Cristina Córdova: Bestiario, Morean Arts Center, St Petersburg, FL 2010 Mancha, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL 2009 Cristina Córdova: ENTRE] [TIERRA, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puero Rico, PR 2008 Cristina Córdova, Hodges Taylor, Charlotte, NC Hacia otro mar, Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico, PR 2007 Paseantes, The Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta, GA Fábulas de la Fascinación II, Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, PR 2006 Causes Invisibles, Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC Fábulas de la Fascinación, Hodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, NC


2005 Mito y Enteanatomia, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL Enteanatomia, Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, PR 2004 Cristina Cordova: Mitomemoria, WDO Gallery, Charlotte, NC Mito, memoria y lluvia, Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, PR 2003 Bajo Faldas y entre cabezas, Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, PR 2002 De mujeres santas y renacimientos, Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, PR 2001 Recent Ceramic Sculpture, Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, PR GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2019 Composing Form, Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, VT ABOUT FACE: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture at the Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, AL 2017 The Women, Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams, MA Contemporary Clay, A Survey of Contemporary American Ceramics, The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC EXPOSED: Heads, Busts, and Nudes, Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams, MA 2015 SOFA Chicago, Ann Nathan Gallery Miami PULSE, Miami Beach, FL Art Market San Francisco, Seager Grey Gallery 2014 Ceramic Top 40, Gallery 224, Office of the Arts at Harvard, Boston, MA Clay Bodies: International Figurative Sculpture, Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, NY 2013 SOFA Chicago, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL 2012 40 Under 40: Craft Futures, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC Push Play, NCECA 2012 Invitational exhibition, Bellvue Art Museum, Seattle, WA 2010 SOFA Chicago, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL Muestra Nacional de Artes Plasticas, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Antiguo Arsenal, Puntilla, Museo de las Américas, Viejo, San Juan, PR Contiguous, Cristina Córdova and Jerilyn Virden, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC A Show of Heads, A collective with Tip Tolan, Akio Takamori, Judy Fox, Doug Jeck, Tom Bartel, Tanya Batura, Thaddeus Eardhal, Arthur Gonzalez, Cinema Gallery, Urbana, IL 2009 SOFA Chicago, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL 2008 Possibilities: Rising Stars of Contemporary Craft in North Carolina, Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC 2007 Variation, SOFA Chicago, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL 2006 SOFA Chicago, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL Muestra Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Antiguo Arsenal, Puntilla, Museo de las Américas, Viejo San Juan, PR Palm Beach 3, Ann Nathan Gallery, Palm Beach, FL 2005 Vanitas, lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA School’s Out, curated by Gail Brown, Community College of Baltimore County, Cantonsville Gallery Armory Arts Center Figurative Invitational Exhibition, Armory Arts Center, Palm Beach, FL 2004 SOFA Chicago, Ann Nathan Gallery, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL Penland School of Crafts: Contemporary Traditions, SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL SOFA NY, Ann Nathan Gallery, New York, NY 2003 National Fine Arts Juried Sample, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Antiguo Arsenal, Puntilla, Viejo San Juan, PR SOFA Chicago, Ann Nathan Gallery, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL SOFA NY, Ann Nathan Gallery, New York, NY Penland Resident Artists Show, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC Transformation 4: Contemporary Works in Ceramics, Elizabeth Raphael Prize Finalists Show, Honorable Mention, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA 2002 MFA Thesis Exhibition: Cristina Cordova, Dragica Suskind and Brian Gillis, Fosdick Nelson Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, NY


Artists in Wonderland, Digital exhibition curated by Pedro Pachano, Bronx River Arts Center, Bronx, NY Graduates, Blue Heron Gallery, Deer Isle, ME 2001 Encuentro: Cristina Cordova y Mercedita Andrew, Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, PR Raices, Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, PR Escalera, Kaleidescope Gallery, Rincon, PR Annual Student Juried Exhibition, Chardon Gallery, University of PR, Mayaguez, PR (1998- First Prize Award) AWARDS 2015 2012 2010 2009 2008 2007 2004-05 2003

United States Artist Fellow for Craft “40 under 40: Craft Futures”, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, American Art Museum, exhibition and work acquisition Mint Museum of Craft and Design Project 10/10/10, permanent collection commission recipient Virginia Groot Foundation Recognition Award Best Art Exhibit: Cristina Córdova at Hodges Taylor, Creative Loafing, Best of Charlotte A & E Critic’s Picks University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Visiting Artist Fellow AICA Award (International Association of Art Critics): “Best Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition” for “Hacia otro mar”, Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, PR International Association of Art Critics Award: “Best Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition” for “Fábulas de la Fascinación II”, Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, PR NC Arts Council Fellowship Award American Craft Council Emerging Artist Grant Liza Plaster Award, Lenoir Sculpture Show, Lenoir, NC

RESIDENCIES, Ongoing 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008

WORKSHOPS, AND LECTURES Founder of TravelArte (2011); offering educational experiences within a given art/craft medium setting while immersing students in the creative culture of a particular geographical setting Gaya Ceramics Arts Center, Ubud, Bali Australian National University, Canberra, Australia Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, August 2016, Helena, MT “Sculpture in Motion,” Teacher, ceramic sculpture and stop-motion course taught with Arturo Guillermo Córdova, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC “The Printed Figure”, Teacher, ceramic arts workshop, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM “Women Working with Clay Symposium”, Presenter, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA Visiting Artist, Oxbow School of Art. Saugatuck, MI “Firefest”, Invited Artist, Starworks Ceramics, Star, NC “The Printed Figure,” ceramic workshop taught with Jason Burnett, Soto-Cordova Studios, Penland, NC “Taller,” Demonstrating Artist & Lecturer, Soto-Córdova Studios, Penland, NC “Work Intensive III: Figuration”, Demonstrating Artist & Lecturer, California State University, Long Beach, CA “Ultrafiguración,” Demonstrating Artist-Workshop, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, Santurce, PR “Figure: Form + Content”, Workshop, Anderson Ranch, Snowmass, CO “Figurative Symposium with Sergei Isupov and Janis Mars Wunderlich”, Presenting Artist, Francis Marion University, Florence, SC Armory Arts Center, ceramic arts workshop, West Palm Beach, FL “The Figure in Clay” workshop, Odyssey Center for Ceramics, Asheville, NC Ceramic arts workshop at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME Spring Concentration, ceramic arts course, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC Visiting Artist at University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska Visiting Artist at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA Visiting Artist at South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts, Greenville, SC “Corporal” ceramic arts workshop, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC


2007 2006 2005 2004 2002-05 2002 2001 2000

“Figurative Workshop” ceramic arts workshop at Clague Studio, Bakersville, NC “Figurative Intuition” ceramic arts workshop at Mudfire, Atlanta, GA “The Figure in Clay” ceramic arts workshop at Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM “The Figure: Structure and Surface” workshop at Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC “The Figure in Clay” ceramic arts workshop at Odyssey Center for Ceramics, Asheville, NC Resident Artist, Penland School of Crafts, Penland NC “Cerámica Figurativa” ceramic arts workshop at Taller Hambleton, Cayey, PR “Drawing Techniques” at State College of Ceramics, School of Art and Design, Assistant to Prof. George Riekin, Alfred University, NY “Handbuilding Techniques” at NY State College of Ceramics, Assistant to Prof. Andrea Gill. Alfred University, Alfred, NY “Figure Drawing” Instructor at New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

LITERATURE AND PRESS 2012 “The Body Eloquent”, Joyce Lovelace, American Craft Magazine, Feb/March “Retablos, joyas, plateria y arte colección acosta de SanJuan, Puerto Rico (1695-2010), Acosta, Stolberg, Robert, Editorial Reves, November 2010 Art Market Insights: Art at the Crossroads, review by John O’hern, American Art Collector, Issue 39, January Cristina Córdova, Paul Howley, The Laurel of Asheville, July 2009 Cristina Córdova: Entre Tierra, Isabel P. Sanz De Arellano López, Imágen, mayo “Umbral de lo surreal”, Mariana García Benítez,Arq.i.tec 3.4, junio ENTRE TIERRA : Nueva escultura en cerámica por Cristina Córdova (English/Español), Ivette Fred Rivera y Lilliana Ramos Collado, ARTES (artesrp.com), mayo 2008 Possibilities: Rising Stars of Contemporary Craft in North Carolina”, Kate Dobbs Ariatl, American Craft Magazine, October/November 2007 “Creadora de enigmas”, El Nuevo Dia, 14 de diciembre del “Cristina Córdova: Magic Realism”, Felicia Feaster, Creative Loafing, May. 2006 “From the Inside Out- Two Views on the Creation and Experience of Cristina Cordova’s Clay Sculptures”, Katey Schultz and Linda Hillman, Ceramics Art in Perception “Reviews: Cristina Cordova”, Kate Dobbs Ariail, American Craft, September/August 2005 “Body Language”, Fred Camper, Chicago Reader, May “The Figure in Clay”, Suzanne Tourtillot, Lark Books 2004 “Dark Horse”, Scott Lucas, Creative Loafing, May “500 Figures in Clay”, Editor Verónica Alice Gunther, Lark Books “Transformation”, Graham Shearing, American Craft, June/July “Cristina Cordova: Mito, Memoria y lluvia”, Rafael Trelles, El Nuevo Dia, March 2003 “Enamorada de la cerámica”, Mario Alegre Barrios, El Nuevo Dia 2002 “Celebracion Femenina”, Manuel Alvarez Lezama, El Nuevo Dia 2001 “Cristina Cordova: Mujeres Santas y Renacimientos”, Jorge Rodriguez, El Vocero 2000 “My Experiences and Impressions”, Luo Xiaoping, Sculpture, 2000.3, vol. 23, 2000. “Cerámica Escultural”, Manuel Alvarez Lezama, El Nuevo Día

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ABOUT HODGES TAYLOR

We are Hodges Taylor; a contemporary art gallery and consulting firm established in 1980 and located in Charlotte’s South End. As a gallery, we curate and present artists who work in a variety of mediums and share in common the power to spark curiosity, conversation, and collaboration. As a firm, we provide services and develop projects that integrate works of art into every aesthetic, environment, and concept. We look forward to collaborating with you on anything and everything art related. Hodges Taylor is owned and directed by Lauren Harkey and supported by Susan Jedrzejewski.


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Exhibition Installation - Chris Clamp Photography (Gallery + Artwork) - Lydia Bittner-Baird Photography (Artist) - Andy McMillan Photography (Behind the Scenes) - Cristina Cรณrdova + Lauren Harkey Gallery Associate - Susan Jedrzejewski

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CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: cuerpo exquisito  

Hodges Taylor is pleased to present CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: cuerpo exquisito, a solo exhibition featuring new large-scale installations and figura...

CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: cuerpo exquisito  

Hodges Taylor is pleased to present CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: cuerpo exquisito, a solo exhibition featuring new large-scale installations and figura...

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