Size: 10" x 16" x 5"
Mary Bates received her BFA from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, and her MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington,. She has taught at Indiana University; The Johnson Atelier Technical Institute for Sculpture, New Jersey; Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge, England; Sonoma State University, California; and Arizona State University. Her work has been published in Artweek, California Art Review, Art Forum, Icon, Dayton Daily News, Rocky Mountain News, San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento, Artery Magazine, and Contemporary American Women Sculptors, A Biographic Directory.
Plenus is a work from the Implement Series, a group of over 350 imaginative tool, artifact, and specimen shapes which has been in progress for six years. The sculptures serve as symbolic tools for reflection and imaginative investigation based on nature and culture. They relate to the natural evolution of primitive organisms as well as to the development and evolution of tools used by human societies. The images evoke chains of association, mysteriously familiar and referential in that their morphology occurs in multiple contexts.
Her selected exhibitions include: On the Small Side, Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Santa Monica, California, 1996; 19th Annual Vahki Exhibition, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, Arizona, 1996; Exhibition of Sculpture, Bush Barn Art Center, Salem, Oregon, 1996; Exhibition of Fulbright Scholars, California State University, Chico, 1996; Mary Bates- Sculpture, Michael Dunev Gallery, San Francisco, California, 1995; California: In Three Dimensions, California Center for the Arts, Valencia, 1995; Fulbright Artists, Fulbright House, London, England, 1995; Studio Exhibition; Fulbright Work, 10-12 Grafton, Cambridge, England, 1995; Point and Counterpoint, Art Concepts Gallery, Walnut Creek, California, 1994; Small Works, San Francisco MOMA Rental Gallery, California, 1986, '87, '90 and '94; The Aesthetics of Athletics, Charles Wustum Museum, Racine, Wisconsin, 1994; and Implements and Vessels, Eastern Washington University, Spokane, 1994.