RAIR | 2011-12
Brian Kluge | Madison, WI
Brian Kluge is a sculptor from the Madison, Wisconsin area. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in art education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Kluge also served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Sub-Saharan Africa. This influential experience contributed a great deal to the unique aesthetic sensibility in his work. Kluge has taught ceramics as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Doane College. Kluge continues to exhibit work nationally, most recently at Santa Fe Clay, Texas A&M International University, Indiana University Kokomo, The University of Tulsa, and the Ceramics Center of Iowa.
I have come to notice that there exist certain predispositions that we share as human beings. These preferences run deeper than cultural values and social norms, operating at a subconscious level shaping some of the fundamental aspects of human experience. This exhibition reflects my ongoing exploration of some of these predilections through my sculpture. In this body of work I am dealing primarily with archetypal geometric forms, an allusion to artifacts, and a palette of ‘basic’ color. Moreover, I am interested in the ability of something subtle and quiet to invite a moment of introspection and discovery.