The Craft Center Gallery at UC Davis presents “2.5 Dimensional,” an exhibition of ceramic bas-relief sculpture by Craft Center instructor Joanna Kidd, from Jan. 7 to Feb. 8. There will be a closing reception for the artist from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8.
The exhibition features bas relief portraits in fragment, removed from any surrounding narrative context. The work in this exhibition combines the three-dimensional depth of sculpture and the illusion of depth on a flat surface of drawing. This combination of sculptural depth and illusion creates distortions in the images when seen from different angles, lending the sculptures a curious animation as one moves around them.
Kidd’s interest in using traditional techniques such as bas relief, fresco and lithography to make art with contemporary significance was developed at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze in Florence, Italy, where she received a master of fine arts and a bachelor of fine arts in sculpture and multimedia installation.
Her sculpture, prints, installation and video have been shown in Italy, Serbia, Turkey, England, France, Greece and the United States.
Located in the South Silo Building on the UCD campus, the Craft Center Gallery is open from 12:30 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 12:30 to 7 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.