Press Release: Alternative Socks and String Theories



Alternative Socks & String Theories Features Puppet Art in Clintonville

COLUMBUS, Ohio (August 8, 2010)— Fine art becomes animated in the September exhibit at the wall gallery inside Wholly Craft. Alternative Socks and String Theories features puppet art by three prominent Ohio artists:  Kelson Barber, Sharon Dorsey, and Paul May. Each artist will contribute a number of puppets created in their distinct artistic style, all exploring the darker side of puppetry. 

The exhibit, curated by Stephanie Rond, will be on display from September 7th through October 2nd at the wall gallery (3169 N. High St.) in Clintonville. The puppets come to life during performances at the opening reception from 7-10pm on Friday, September 17th.  The reception and performances are free and open to the public. 

Sharon Dorsey’s work blurs the line between art and craft and has been exhibited throughout the United States. She uses traditional craft supplies and common items to create detailed fine art pieces that challenge viewers’ conceptions of darkness and triumph. Paul May works mostly in pine and poplar, hand sewing costume pieces to create work that emphasizes the intersection of “cute and creepy.” 

Kelson Barber’s marionettes draw from conscious and subconscious sources to express knowledges that are open to interpretation. According to Barber, “Each puppet is generally a blank slate ready for the audience to add their particular insight. The marionettes are a collaboration of sorts; part artisan and part animator. My role is complete when the strings are attached. The rest is left for someone else.” 

While the puppets featured in the exhibit explore darker and more adult themes than the jovial puppet shows that pepper youth, the notion of “play” is not lost. Artist Kelson Barber notes that “when experiencing puppetry, whether as audience or animator, we are able to experience play. Playing, like art making, is a means by which we come to understand the world around us.” 

For more information, please contact: 

Olivera Bratich


Stephanie Rond


~ by Kelson Barber on August 24, 2010.

One Response to “Press Release: Alternative Socks and String Theories”

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