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KARIN BROKER: my circus

SEPTEMBER 16 – OCTOBER 29, 2022

KARIN BROKER: MY CIRCUS - SEPTEMBER 16 – OCTOBER 29, 2022 - Viewing Room - McClain Gallery Viewing Room

Fight girl, 2021

cast metal, porcelain, scissors, pearl, buttons, wire, steel base

15 x 10 3/4 x 10 inches

steel stand: 48 1/2 x 12 x 12 inches

 

McClain Gallery presents Karin Broker’s seventh solo exhibition with the gallery: my circus. Broker’s sculptures range from wired figures repurposed from ceramic body parts or cast metal figures to delicate nests wired with the detritus of well-used and forgotten lives. Alongside the exhibition are a selection of Broker’s collections and oddities gathered and created over her long art career.

Since 2014, Karin Broker has been responding with ire to Western Society’s expectations levied against the female gender through her work. For my circus, she has created an army of performers whose bodies have morphed to turn their baggage into weapons or shields, so they might be ready to resist a system built to control them. Broker’s aim is to make powerful, beautiful objects that champion optimism and strength.

The accompanying artist book titled girls animates her sculptures as characters in conversation with the reader. These girls tell of their laments, struggles, and hopes that history doesn’t have to repeat itself. Through these new works and their musings found in the book, Broker weaves accounts of resilience and a drive toward defiance. 

"I admit that my small voice is becoming more shrill. My hope is that my screams give strength, understanding, and resiliency to those within hearing range.”

-Excerpt from girls, Karin Broker

 

 

KARIN BROKER: MY CIRCUS - SEPTEMBER 16 – OCTOBER 29, 2022 - Viewing Room - McClain Gallery Viewing Room

 

Girl with balls, 2021

metal/cloth mannequin, Smith & Wesson 357 Magnum, steel balls, chain, cast dog, steel base with wheels

63 x 27 x 27 inches

Broker is a maker of things as well as a draftsman, a master printer, a sculptor, and a collector of objects. If you find yourself at her studio, she’ll tell you the stories by which she became their proprietor: about the lady who sold her a hoard of antique love letters from her father to her mother in World War II, vintage pill bottles, or optometrist lenses; or the treks involved with the acquisition of this or that cloche. The raw materials for her sculpture are laden with human connection and their own historical and emotional weight.

Around the back of the gallery, you’ll find an array of objects Broker has made, gathered, and kept in her home. Some are artworks outright, like her drawing from the 1970s, wherein the artist depicts herself ready to have the bullseye spun as negative darts are thrown in her direction, her lips parted in something like fear. Also included in this room of curiosities are artworks insofar as they can’t be called anything else: two needlepoint deconstructions where Broker removed threads from found embroideries to remake the pieces into a personal search and cry for her lost sister; Seeing Through His Eyes, a perfect wall-mounted receptacle into which Broker has placed each of her husband’s used contact lenses since 1994; Thank you Barbie, a vintage doll who served as a door stop to the “Print Palace” at Rice University for 28 years. At first, this collection seems more personal than her artwork, but Broker sees little difference in saving the bits and bobs of her own days – they all tap into the quiet and quirkiness of things that one typically discards. As she puts it, “by herding these objects into different scenarios they gain humor and, in a way, a sense of lost time. They all have stories; they all have pasts. They serve as reminders that small moments are important and they add up.”

WORKS IN EXHIBITION

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Karin Broker  Fight girl, 2021  cast metal, porcelain, scissors, pearl, buttons, wire, steel base  15 x 10 3/4 x 10 inches steel stand: 48 1/2 x 12 x 12 inches  $20,000

Karin Broker

Fight Girl, 2021

cast metal, porcelain, scissors, pearl, buttons, wire, steel base

15 x 10 3/4 x 10 inches

steel stand: 48 1/2 x 12 x 12 inches

$18,000

Inquire
Karin Broker  Nesting young nest, 2020  SAD iron, Victorian hair, crystals, wire  9 x 9 x 6 inches painted wood pedestal 37 1/8 x 9 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches $10,000

Karin Broker

Nesting Young Nest, 2020

sad iron, Victorian hair, crystals, wire

6 x 9 x 9 inches

painted wood pedestal: 37 1/8 x 9 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches

$10,000

Inquire
Karin Broker  Virgin nest, 2021 white hard flower, rings, crystals, wire 8 x 10 x 10 inches painted wood pedestal: 44 1/4 x 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches  $10,000

Karin Broker

Virgin Nest, 2021

white hard flower, rings, crystals, wire

8 x 10 x 10 inches

painted wood pedestal: 44 1/4 x 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches

$10,000

Inquire
Karin Broker  Girl with balls, 2021 metal/cloth mannequin, Smith & Wesson 357 Magnum, steel balls, chain, cast dog, steel base with wheels 63 x 27 x 27 inches (KB-262)     $40,000

Karin Broker

Girl with Balls, 2021

metal/cloth mannequin, Smith & Wesson 357 Magnum, steel balls, chain, cast dog, steel base with wheels

63 x 27 x 27 inches

$40,000

Inquire
Karin Broker  Drumming Girl, 2022  cast metal, porcelain, buttons, DAR buttons, wire  13 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches marble pedestal: 34 1/4 x 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches  $12,000

Karin Broker

Drumming Girl, 2022

cast metal, porcelain, buttons, buttons, wire

13 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches

marble pedestal: 34 1/4 x 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches

$12,000

Inquire
Karin Broker  Model girl, 2022 McCall Peggy, chain, ceramic dolls, thread, steel shelf 13 x 5 x 4 inches (KB-266)     $12,000

Karin Broker

Model Girl, 2022

McCall Peggy, chain, ceramic dolls, thread, steel shelf

13 x 5 x 4 inches

$14,000

Inquire
Karin Broker  Trouble girl, 2022 Victorian easter basket, porcelain, composite materials, buttons, wire, steel base with wheels 23 1/2 x 18 x 20 inches (KB-271)     $25,000

Karin Broker

Trouble Girl, 2022

Victorian easter basket, porcelain, composite materials, buttons, wire, steel base with wheels

23 1/2 x 18 x 20 inches

$25,000

Inquire
Karin Broker  Girl Juggling Balls, 2020  porcelain, glass, metal, miscellaneous objects, wire  27 1/4 x 12 x 10 inches  Sold

Karin Broker

Girl Juggling Balls, 2020

porcelain, glass, metal, miscellaneous objects, wire

27 1/4 x 12 x 10 inches

Sold

Inquire
Karin Broker  Little missus, 2021  porcelain, metal, glass, watch parts, buttons, wire, steel base  26 3/4 x 13 x 17 inches  $25,000

Karin Broker

Little Missus, 2021

porcelain, metal, glass, watch parts, buttons, wire, steel base

26 3/4 x 13 x 17 inches

$25,000

Inquire
Karin Broker  Bottle Girl, 2022  metal, bottles, porcelain, buttons, wire, steel base  29 x 5 x 5 inches  $25,000

Karin Broker

Bottle Girl, 2022

metal, bottles, porcelain, buttons, wire, steel base

30 1/2 x 15 x 15 inches

$25,000

Inquire
Karin Broker  Anonymous girl, 2022  porcelain, ceramics, buttons, wire, misc. metals, steel base  29 x 17 x 19 inches

Karin Broker

Anonymous Girl, 2022

porcelain, ceramics, buttons, wire, misc. metals, steel base

29 x 17 x 19 inches

$19,000

Inquire
Karin Broker  Button it girl, 2021 porcelain, composite materials, buttons, wire, misc., steel base 29 1/2 x 17 x 18 incheS     $25,000

Karin Broker

Button it Girl, 2021

porcelain, composite materials, buttons, wire, steel base

29 1/2 x 17 x 18 inches

$25,000

Inquire
Karin Broker  Always Sorry Girl, 2020 porcelain, SAD iron, beads, paint, miscellaneous items, wire, steel base 28 1/2 x 15 x 14 inches  $25,000

Karin Broker

Always Sorry Girl, 2020

porcelain, sad iron, beads, paint, miscellaneous items, wire, steel base

28 1/2 x 15 x 14 inches

$25,000

Inquire
Karin Broker  Pirouette girl, 2022  shotgun, porcelain, steel, rhinestones, wire, metal, steel base  54 1/2 x 16 x 16 inches  $35,000

Karin Broker

Pirouette Girl, 2022

shotgun, porcelain, steel, rhinestones, wire, metal, steel base

54 1/2 x 16 x 16 inches

$30,000

Inquire
Karin Broker  Shotgun girl, 2021  shotguns, porcelain, ceramics, glass, button, wire, steel base  39 1/2 x 21 x 18 1/2 inches  $28,000

Karin Broker

Shotgun Girl, 2021

shotguns, porcelain, ceramics, glass, button, wire, steel base

39 1/2 x 21 x 18 1/2 inches

$30,000

Inquire
Karin Broker  Woody, 2022 ceramic, thread in Victorian shadow box 14 1/4 x 12 3/8 x 3 3/4 inches (KB-273)     $15,000

Karin Broker

Woody, 2022

ceramic, thread in Victorian shadow box

14 1/4 x 12 3/8 x 3 3/4 inches

$15,000

Inquire
Karin Broker  Snippy girl, 2022  porcelain, scissors, buttons, wire, ribbon  13 1/4 x 5 x 5 inches  $12,000

Karin Broker

Snippy Girl, 2022

porcelain, scissors, buttons, wire, ribbon

13 1/4 x 5 x 5 inches

painted wood pedestal: 41 3/4 x 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

$12,000

Inquire
Karin Broker  Do not forget me ever nest, 2020  Victorian hair (1897), crystals, wire  10 x 10 x 5 inches wood stand: 39 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches  $10,000

Karin Broker

Do Not Forget Me Ever Nest, 2020

Victorian hair, crystals, wire

5 x 10 x 10 inches

wood stand: 39 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches

$10,000

Inquire
Karin Broker  History girl, 2022 porcelain, wire, 1897 Victorian hair dress, antique shadow box 24 x 23 x 5 1/4 inches (KB-264)     $25,000

Karin Broker

History Girl, 2022

porcelain, wire, 1897 Victorian hair dress, antique shadow box

24 x 23 x 5 1/4 inches

$16,000

Inquire
Karin Broker  Wearing the white hat girl, 2020 composite materials, metal, ceramics, glass, doll shoes, wire, cast metal base 30 x 12 x 10 inches stone pedestal: 40 x 10 x 10 inches (KB-272)     $25,000

Karin Broker

Wearing the White Hat Girl, 2020

composite materials, metal, ceramics, glass, doll shoes, wire, cast metal base

30 x 12 x 10 inches

stone pedestal: 40 x 10 x 10 inches

$22,000

Inquire
Karin Broker  Untitled, 2020  18th c. figure, paint, glass, ceramics, metal base, buttons, wire  29 1/2 x 13 x 12 inches painted wood pedestal: 43 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches  $25,000

Karin Broker

Untitled, 2020

18th c. figure, paint, glass, ceramics, metal base, buttons, wire

29 1/2 x 13 x 12 inches

painted wood pedestal: 43 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches

$25,000

Inquire
Karin Broker  Pedestal girl, 2022 cast metal, porcelain, buttons, wire, steel base 22 x 9.25 x 7 inches painted wood pedestal: 37 1/8 x 9 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches (KB-267)

Karin Broker

Pedestal Girl, 2022

cast metal, porcelain, buttons, wire, steel base

22 x 9 1/4 x 7 inches

painted wood pedestal: 37 1/8 x 9 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches

$18,000

Inquire
Karin Broker No Please No Girl, 2022 porcelain, buttons, wire, thimbles, animal figurines, antique pistols, steel base on wheels 23 x 11 x 12 inches

Karin Broker

No Please No Girl, 2022

porcelain, buttons, wire, thimbles, animal figurines, antique pistols, steel base on wheels

23 x 11 x 12 inches

$17,000

Inquire
Karin Broker  Fight girl, 2021  cast metal, porcelain, scissors, pearl, buttons, wire, steel base  15 x 10 3/4 x 10 inches steel stand: 48 1/2 x 12 x 12 inches  $20,000

Karin Broker

Fight Girl, 2021

cast metal, porcelain, scissors, pearl, buttons, wire, steel base

15 x 10 3/4 x 10 inches

steel stand: 48 1/2 x 12 x 12 inches

$18,000

Karin Broker  Nesting young nest, 2020  SAD iron, Victorian hair, crystals, wire  9 x 9 x 6 inches painted wood pedestal 37 1/8 x 9 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches $10,000

Karin Broker

Nesting Young Nest, 2020

sad iron, Victorian hair, crystals, wire

6 x 9 x 9 inches

painted wood pedestal: 37 1/8 x 9 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches

$10,000

Karin Broker  Virgin nest, 2021 white hard flower, rings, crystals, wire 8 x 10 x 10 inches painted wood pedestal: 44 1/4 x 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches  $10,000

Karin Broker

Virgin Nest, 2021

white hard flower, rings, crystals, wire

8 x 10 x 10 inches

painted wood pedestal: 44 1/4 x 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches

$10,000

Karin Broker  Girl with balls, 2021 metal/cloth mannequin, Smith & Wesson 357 Magnum, steel balls, chain, cast dog, steel base with wheels 63 x 27 x 27 inches (KB-262)     $40,000

Karin Broker

Girl with Balls, 2021

metal/cloth mannequin, Smith & Wesson 357 Magnum, steel balls, chain, cast dog, steel base with wheels

63 x 27 x 27 inches

$40,000

Karin Broker  Drumming Girl, 2022  cast metal, porcelain, buttons, DAR buttons, wire  13 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches marble pedestal: 34 1/4 x 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches  $12,000

Karin Broker

Drumming Girl, 2022

cast metal, porcelain, buttons, buttons, wire

13 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches

marble pedestal: 34 1/4 x 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches

$12,000

Karin Broker  Model girl, 2022 McCall Peggy, chain, ceramic dolls, thread, steel shelf 13 x 5 x 4 inches (KB-266)     $12,000

Karin Broker

Model Girl, 2022

McCall Peggy, chain, ceramic dolls, thread, steel shelf

13 x 5 x 4 inches

$14,000

Karin Broker  Trouble girl, 2022 Victorian easter basket, porcelain, composite materials, buttons, wire, steel base with wheels 23 1/2 x 18 x 20 inches (KB-271)     $25,000

Karin Broker

Trouble Girl, 2022

Victorian easter basket, porcelain, composite materials, buttons, wire, steel base with wheels

23 1/2 x 18 x 20 inches

$25,000

Karin Broker  Girl Juggling Balls, 2020  porcelain, glass, metal, miscellaneous objects, wire  27 1/4 x 12 x 10 inches  Sold

Karin Broker

Girl Juggling Balls, 2020

porcelain, glass, metal, miscellaneous objects, wire

27 1/4 x 12 x 10 inches

Sold

Karin Broker  Little missus, 2021  porcelain, metal, glass, watch parts, buttons, wire, steel base  26 3/4 x 13 x 17 inches  $25,000

Karin Broker

Little Missus, 2021

porcelain, metal, glass, watch parts, buttons, wire, steel base

26 3/4 x 13 x 17 inches

$25,000

Karin Broker  Bottle Girl, 2022  metal, bottles, porcelain, buttons, wire, steel base  29 x 5 x 5 inches  $25,000

Karin Broker

Bottle Girl, 2022

metal, bottles, porcelain, buttons, wire, steel base

30 1/2 x 15 x 15 inches

$25,000

Karin Broker  Anonymous girl, 2022  porcelain, ceramics, buttons, wire, misc. metals, steel base  29 x 17 x 19 inches

Karin Broker

Anonymous Girl, 2022

porcelain, ceramics, buttons, wire, misc. metals, steel base

29 x 17 x 19 inches

$19,000

Karin Broker  Button it girl, 2021 porcelain, composite materials, buttons, wire, misc., steel base 29 1/2 x 17 x 18 incheS     $25,000

Karin Broker

Button it Girl, 2021

porcelain, composite materials, buttons, wire, steel base

29 1/2 x 17 x 18 inches

$25,000

Karin Broker  Always Sorry Girl, 2020 porcelain, SAD iron, beads, paint, miscellaneous items, wire, steel base 28 1/2 x 15 x 14 inches  $25,000

Karin Broker

Always Sorry Girl, 2020

porcelain, sad iron, beads, paint, miscellaneous items, wire, steel base

28 1/2 x 15 x 14 inches

$25,000

Karin Broker  Pirouette girl, 2022  shotgun, porcelain, steel, rhinestones, wire, metal, steel base  54 1/2 x 16 x 16 inches  $35,000

Karin Broker

Pirouette Girl, 2022

shotgun, porcelain, steel, rhinestones, wire, metal, steel base

54 1/2 x 16 x 16 inches

$30,000

Karin Broker  Shotgun girl, 2021  shotguns, porcelain, ceramics, glass, button, wire, steel base  39 1/2 x 21 x 18 1/2 inches  $28,000

Karin Broker

Shotgun Girl, 2021

shotguns, porcelain, ceramics, glass, button, wire, steel base

39 1/2 x 21 x 18 1/2 inches

$30,000

Karin Broker  Woody, 2022 ceramic, thread in Victorian shadow box 14 1/4 x 12 3/8 x 3 3/4 inches (KB-273)     $15,000

Karin Broker

Woody, 2022

ceramic, thread in Victorian shadow box

14 1/4 x 12 3/8 x 3 3/4 inches

$15,000

Karin Broker  Snippy girl, 2022  porcelain, scissors, buttons, wire, ribbon  13 1/4 x 5 x 5 inches  $12,000

Karin Broker

Snippy Girl, 2022

porcelain, scissors, buttons, wire, ribbon

13 1/4 x 5 x 5 inches

painted wood pedestal: 41 3/4 x 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

$12,000

Karin Broker  Do not forget me ever nest, 2020  Victorian hair (1897), crystals, wire  10 x 10 x 5 inches wood stand: 39 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches  $10,000

Karin Broker

Do Not Forget Me Ever Nest, 2020

Victorian hair, crystals, wire

5 x 10 x 10 inches

wood stand: 39 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches

$10,000

Karin Broker  History girl, 2022 porcelain, wire, 1897 Victorian hair dress, antique shadow box 24 x 23 x 5 1/4 inches (KB-264)     $25,000

Karin Broker

History Girl, 2022

porcelain, wire, 1897 Victorian hair dress, antique shadow box

24 x 23 x 5 1/4 inches

$16,000

Karin Broker  Wearing the white hat girl, 2020 composite materials, metal, ceramics, glass, doll shoes, wire, cast metal base 30 x 12 x 10 inches stone pedestal: 40 x 10 x 10 inches (KB-272)     $25,000

Karin Broker

Wearing the White Hat Girl, 2020

composite materials, metal, ceramics, glass, doll shoes, wire, cast metal base

30 x 12 x 10 inches

stone pedestal: 40 x 10 x 10 inches

$22,000

Karin Broker  Untitled, 2020  18th c. figure, paint, glass, ceramics, metal base, buttons, wire  29 1/2 x 13 x 12 inches painted wood pedestal: 43 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches  $25,000

Karin Broker

Untitled, 2020

18th c. figure, paint, glass, ceramics, metal base, buttons, wire

29 1/2 x 13 x 12 inches

painted wood pedestal: 43 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches

$25,000

Karin Broker  Pedestal girl, 2022 cast metal, porcelain, buttons, wire, steel base 22 x 9.25 x 7 inches painted wood pedestal: 37 1/8 x 9 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches (KB-267)

Karin Broker

Pedestal Girl, 2022

cast metal, porcelain, buttons, wire, steel base

22 x 9 1/4 x 7 inches

painted wood pedestal: 37 1/8 x 9 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches

$18,000

Karin Broker No Please No Girl, 2022 porcelain, buttons, wire, thimbles, animal figurines, antique pistols, steel base on wheels 23 x 11 x 12 inches

Karin Broker

No Please No Girl, 2022

porcelain, buttons, wire, thimbles, animal figurines, antique pistols, steel base on wheels

23 x 11 x 12 inches

$17,000

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Pennsylvania, Karin Broker (b. 1950, Penn, Pennsylvania) received a BFA from the University of Iowa and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She studied printmaking under Stanley W. Hayter at the Atelier 17 in Paris. She was professor of printmaking and drawing at Rice University from 1980–2021. In 1994, Broker was the Texas Artist of the Year and was awarded two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. As a master printer, Broker has worked with a number of artists, including Alice Neel, Pat Steir, Garo Antreasian, and Ed Ruscha. Her artwork is in public collections nationwide including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York; McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; New York Public Library, New York, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas; and many others.

 

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