ANTHONY SONNENBERG

APOLLONIAN & DIONYSIAN

Opening Reception: April 8, 2015 | 6 – 8 PM
On view through May 14, 2016

 

Art Palace presents Apollonian and Dionysian, an exhibition of highly-labored beadwork, ceramics, metalwork, and installation by Anthony Sonnenberg that explore the historical instability of power, and the constance of beauty and tragedy. For this exhibition, Sonnenberg continues these explorations through the lens of the deities and diametric sponsors of art, Apollo and Dionysus. The exhibition presents two “pillows,” both life sized self portraits of the artist, each titled after the Greek gods. With these works, Sonnenberg uses the body to address indulgence and restraint on both personal and universal levels, valuing balance as a matter of life or death. A pale ceramic chandelier hangs in the gallery illuminated by candlelight, rich with the language of historically decadent aesthetics. As a tragic moment, the ephemeral nature of the chandelier’s candles confirms that such excess is unsustainable. Apollonian and Dionysian highlights the struggle to find balance, presenting it as both a means to divinity and a path toward downfall.

Anthony Sonnenberg’s work has been featured in solo presentations at the Seattle Art Museum, the Old Jail Art Center (Albany TX), and Conduit Gallery (Dallas TX). He has attended the Archie Bray Foundation (Helena MT) and Sculpture Space (Utica NY) residencies. He is currently completing the Lawndale Artist Residency and is working on several upcoming exhibitions, while teaching as an adjunct sculpture professor at Lone Star College. He received a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and MFA from the University of Washington at Seattle. Sonnenberg currently lives and works in Houston TX.