“Dual Nature” MFA Exhibition by Magi Calhoun December 8 - December 30 2012
The primary focus of LuminArté Gallery is in being a vital element in the thriving Dallas creative community, not only by featuring emerging local artists and performers, but also by nurturing a singular identification with social contribution and with the promotion of art education. In this spirit of recognition of academic achievement, LuminArté proudly unveils the complex and unique ceramic work of Magi Calhoun, in her much anticipated Master of Fine Arts showcase.
Magi Calhoun has won numerous awards including the 2012 National Sculpture Society Scholarship Award and the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts Residency in Newcastle, Maine. Her sculpture has been exhibited internationally in such countries as England. Portugal and Mexico; and her work has been shown throughout the USA including Texas, California, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Florida. Magi will be receiving her MFA in Ceramics from the University of North Texas, where she studied under the inspirational and patient direction of Jerry Austin, Professor-Studio Arts, College of Visual Arts, along with the kind and professional support of Dr. Robert Milnes, Dean of the College of Visual Arts.
The esoteric truths found in such ancient writings as the Kabbalah deeply resonate in Magi’s artwork, promoting an exploration of a metaphysical reality though the depiction of subconscious motifs. The duality derived from her creative process becomes a reflection of a greater unseen reality, filtered through a waking aesthetic of surreal, dream-like imagery.
“I feel that abandoning the need for logical explanations can enable us to gain an image of the world that goes beyond the senses and opens the door to a more spiritual level of consciousness. You cannot perceive the essence of truth through your senses; a spiritual reality is the origin of everything physical. I want the clay to transcend its physicality and challenge the viewer to consider some of these intangible metaphysical truths, to consider the duality of nature and spirit (ego).”