(Little) Bowling Dream House (4)

Nancy Ester Pletos

American, born 1950

(Little) Bowling Dream House (4), 1984

  • Not On View

Wood, paint, lacquer and raffia

Dimensions: 8 1/2 × 9 7/8 in. (21.6 × 25.1 cm)

Gift of Arlene Harris in memory of Dr. Bernard J. Harris, 1996.12

Born in Detroit, 1950, Nancy Pletos entered Wayne State University as a mathematics major but soon transferred to the art department, where she received B.A. in 1972. Although a painting major, graduating the M.F.A. program at W.S.U. in 1975, Pletos had begun making small wood sculptures in 1973. These were exhibited in a two-person show at the Willis Gallery that same year.It was, however after she moved to New York City in 1976, where Pletos worked in restricted spaces in the corners of various friends’ studios, that she began to create in earnest her intimate, hand-sized series, Small Wood Works. (Little) Bowling Dream House (4) is a work from this series, characterized by its unabashed whimsy, eccentric humor, intimate size and assemblage construction. While frequently associate with Fluxus, a group of Neo-Dada artists active in New York, this extremely private person rarely participates in their outrageous public events.

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