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Beverly Gordon, Dervish Bird, Bird head bone, horseshoe crab telsons (tails), leather, glass and plastic beads, handmade paper, fish bone, 9.5" high.

Photo credit: Lori Ushman

Beverly Gordon: Reconfigured

Opening Reception: Friday, November 1st (5-7pm)

November 3 - 27, 2013

Beverly Gordon: Reconfigured features assemblage sculpture and collage made from natural materials such as bone, shell, pods, roots, and paper scrap. The figures have a mythic quality that offers a window into nature and suggests a deep spiritual language. The exhibit is featured in the Ruth Davis Design Gallery located at Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden Drive, University of WI-Madison.

The primary sculptures are small (6” – 1’) figures collectively dubbed Tierras because they are conceived as “beings of the earth.” Gordon takes detritus elements from nature and reconfigures or refashions them into new—and newly alive—“beings.” The Tierras call attention to the natural elements themselves, asking viewers to look closely at individual forms, the beauty of their shapes and textures, and the perfect way they function in their original contexts. Simultaneously, the sculptures highlight the artistic process, whereby these materials are “rescued” from their environments and kept from rotting, then reimagined and re-embodied. They are made into something with another story to tell.

Reconfigured will also include an installation landscape, featuring “colonies” of related figures interacting with one another; masks; and flat and relief collage with the same kind of embodied and reconstructed imagery.

About the Artist:  Beverly Gordon is an artist, writer and teacher who has long been passionate about “deep seeing” or helping people appreciate the material and inner, intuitive worlds. She was a professor in Design Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for nearly 30 years and is the author of books such as Textiles:  the Whole Story – Uses, Meanings, Significance; The Saturated World:  Aesthetic Meaning, Intimate Objects, Women’s Lives 1890-1940; and Feltmaking.

Opening Reception:

Friday, November 1st, 5:00-7:00pm

Gallery Talk with Beverly Gordon:

Wednesday, November 13th at 12:00pm
Location: Ruth Davis Design Gallery

Gallery Location:

Ruth Davis Design Gallery
Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden Drive,
University of WI - Madison

Design Gallery events are free and open to the public.

For more information on this and upcoming exhibits contact Director, Liese Pfeifer at or call 608-262-8815.