Rhona Hoffman Gallery is pleased to present Chris Garofalo’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.
The exhibition titled Speculative Zoogeny contains a group of ceramic sculptures recently seen at the Garfield Park Conservatory Desert House. Having earned a bachelor of fine arts degree, working four years in print-making, and ten years in graphic design, she was introduced to clay when it quickly became clear that this was the medium she loved and would go to and stay with.
Garofalo is intrigued by the vast similarities in the shapes of life forms existing on land, sea, and air, on micro and macro cosmoses and organisms. For this exhibit she presents ceramic sculptures inspired by those forms whether extant or extinct. Each sculpture is unique, non-representational, beautifully crafted, and exquisitely glazed.
Garofalo’s work also explores the unpredictable, the unrepeatable and the accidental potential of form in an emergent evolution. This installation becomes its own ecology—a “playground of contingency”—presenting a subtle reminder of our responsibilities as the single most dominant species on Earth today.
Chris Garofalo earned her BFA at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.