Niagara Gazette

January 23, 2014

The WIld Things? They're at NU's Castellani Art Museum

Staff reports
Night & Day

Night & Day — Examining the relationship between humans and the wild things that may be sharing their living spaces, the next exhibition in the TopSpin series at the Castellani Art Museum is “Bethany Krull: Where are the Wild Things?”

The exhibit at the Niagara University art museum opens with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday and runs through May 4.

“Where are the Wild Things? investigates the integration of non-human animals into our own built environments, specifically the home and its surroundings, according to Krull. The home can be seen as a place that functions to hold nature at bay, keeping everything wild and unpredictable outside its walls. However, there are always creatures that find their way in and take up residence whether unwanted or invited.

“Although humans take great measures to separate themselves from nature, and to keep the ‘pests’ away, we also cannot resist the need to be connected to that which we came from,” Krull said. “In and around our homes the evidence of both our unease and our desire to be connected to the natural world is everywhere, however contrived and controlled it may be.”

Krull is a Buffalo-based sculptor whose porcelain and mixed media animal sculptures illustrate our species’ complex and often complicated relationship with the rest of the natural world.   Her work has been included in many regional, national and international exhibitions including Beyond the Brickyard at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Mont.; The Ceramics Biennial at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, N.H. and Hot Rookies, at the Gyeonggi International Ceramics Biennial in Seoul, South Korea.  

Krull’s most recent museum solo show was held at the Meadows Museum in Shreveport, La. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology and went on to participate in residencies at Genesee Pottery, The Armory Art Center, Goggleworks Center for the Arts and the Archie Bray Foundation. She maintains an active studio in Buffalo.

The Castellani Art Museum’s TopSpin series features a broad range of visual expressions, varied in media as well as message, and focuses mainly on new and emerging artists.

For more information, please contact Michael Beam, curator of collections and exhibitions at 286-8286.