© Ann Agee

The Arabian Nights, 2005
terracotta and acrylic, 11.5 x 14 x 10 inches

Ann Agee
Boxing in the Kitchen

P·P·O·W is pleased to present "Boxing in the Kitchen", an installation of ceramic sculptures by Ann Agee.

The new work of Ann Agee continues to explore the temporal realities of her own life through ceramics. In her second exhibition at P·P·O·W, "Boxing in the Kitchen", Agee applies the classical dessert figurine in her depiction of adults engaging in play. She includes herself, family and friends among a cast of characters who dress in a carnvalesque array of costumes, masks and everyday attire. Agee's interest lays in the way one sheds their self-identity when dressed in costume and is consumed in imagination. She pinpoints the moments when one deviates beyond the accepted codes of adult behavior, often finding enlightenment through silly and absurd actions. Each hand-carved figure is involved in a world of existential fantasy where one can morph into a papier-mâché Cyclops or simply sport a pair of boxing gloves for an aerobics workout and become a momentary Cassius Clay.

Agee's terra cotta sculptures are reminiscent of Franz Anton Bustelli's classical dessert figurines popular in the 18th Century. Bustelli's figurines, which depict the characters of the Italian Comedy, would have been placed around long tables displaying the dessert course. Agee's characters are familiar in style and technique to Bustelli's, but are updated in contemporary garb. Each one of Agee's vignettes dance around and between pink coral-like sculptures as the Harlequin or Columbine would have been placed around various cakes and custards. Agee's objects and figurines are arranged on meticulously painted paper further accentuating the artist's sheer delight is using classical decorative arts techniques in an autobiographical 21st century diorama.

Ann Agee is the recipient of several National Endowment of the Arts grants as well as the Tiffany Foundation Grant, and the New York Foundation for the Arts, Design Award. Agee has been included in numerous museum and gallery one person, group and public art projects.

Exhibition: September 8 - October 8, 2005
Gallery hours: Tues-Sat 11 am - 6 pm

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