Akimbo Review

Nesting Fossil"Over at the Art Gallery of Peterborough, they’ve just opened their Inaugural Triennial Exhibition, focusing on Peterborough-area artists...

...There are a couple of ceramic sculptures by Clair Hogenkamp, an artist I don’t know but whose stuff is intriguing in its negation of the medium-specific functionality that clings so fastly to clay. Nesting Fossil comprises a plate on which rest three nested porcelain vessels all of which are broken. From a broken cup laying on its side, the titular fossil has spilled out onto the plate, metaphorical evidence of any number of things, but perhaps primarily of the dissolution of the idea of the vessel. Leaning Lid reiterates such thematic brokenness with two porcelain vessels stacked one atop the other, the uppermost with most of one side of the container broken away and its lid on its side contained within."

Excerpt from:
Reviewer: Gil McElroy - March 20th, 2012


Working on a new sculpture

At the Peterborough School of Art Art-a-thon. 12 hours of sculpting! I'm exhausted!


Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y. I lived a short bus ride, across Central Park, from this home away from home. It was always welcoming, interesting and available and I miss its proximity even now.

The Frick Collection

Just down Fifth Avenue I could refresh my senses and relax in the stillness of a perfect little museum, The Frick Mansion housing a small collection of the very best Old Masters.



Photo Credits:

Heather Bickle, Michael Taylor, Maya Hirschman,

Early photos by Alfred Pinsky and Claire Hogenkamp

Web Design:

Heather Bickle


mmka - Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem

mmka has two special attractions and I enjoyed both, when I visited, December 6, 2011.

The first attraction is the caliber of its exhibitions. I visited the “Jewelry Unleashed” exhibition, which showcased the work by some of The Netherlands brightest and most radical young jewelry designers. They showed me jewelry design is miniaturized sculpture, with artists using everything from recycled trash to precious metals. The results were often stunning and always surprising.

Another good exhibition was of the Dutch painter Dick Ket. He is a well known artist and a contemporary of the English artist Sir Stanley Spencer whose exhibition I had seen in Rotterdam. It was a treat to be able to compare the two artists in supporting exhibitions. I felt very lucky indeed.

The Second attraction is the Museum’s site. It sits perched on a hill overlooking the Rhine River and the Arnhem surroundings. During my rest breaks, I found myself turning my back on the art to look out the windows at nature’s work. It is a small and cozy museum that doesn’t overwhelm the art and is very user friendly. I really recommend a visit.

Visit the museum on the web.