"Bend" is a site specific installation by Kalamazoo artist Shay Church. Shay creates life-size animals and environments from raw clay that are ephemeral. The installation includes part of a river, an elk, and a tree; all created from repurposed materials and two tons of reclaimed clay.
Shay states: “I want to reflect a bend in time, place, evolution and the possibilities of existence.”
Wet clay gives the installation a feeling of life while saturated with water. As the piece dries throughout the exhibition it will begin to evolve, crack, fall apart and eventually lose life without moisture. Depending on humidity, the piece will continue to change for days or weeks. This process allows the artist to simultaneously explore time, place, narrative, history, ecology, and mythology.
"Bend" is part of Ebb & Flow River Arts Festival and made possible with support from the Tannery Arts Center, Central Home Supply, California Cascade, Clay Planet. Shay Church has created 21 of site-specific works across North America including beached whales in abandoned buildings and parking lots, forests in theater performance spaces, elephants in galleries and wolves roaming landscapes. Shay Church lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan and received a MFA from San Jose State University.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Radius Gallery is located at the Tannery Arts Center. Gallery hours are Wednesday - Sunday 12-5pm and by appointment.