Aprille Best GLOVER______________________Critical Essays and Press
Essay by Nadine Johnson, curator Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art

About Dear Angel,

Roswell sculpture transplanted from across the Atlantic Ocean, Roswell Neighbor, by Kristina Pool. Roswell, Georgia.Wednesday November 29, 2000

About Equilibrium

Le rendez-vous de l'équinox, Les Patriot, by Michel GAUDET. Cagnes-sur-Mer, France. September 16, 2000.

Rencontre avec Aprille Best Glover, Nice Matin, staff writer. Nice, France. September 9, 2000.

General

Elements inspire artist to whimsical works, Daytona Deach News-Journal, by Susan Wright. Daytona Beach, Florida. August 1, 1999.

Artist Profile:Aprille Best Glover - A Sacred Art, Arbus Magazine, by Carol Chaffin, Jacksonville, Florida. Jan 1998.

Correspondences Conte on Paper 22 in by 34 in 1995

Process is the essence of Aprille Best Glover's artwork. The artistic merit of her work is clearly recognizable, yet each piece becomes more powerful, and more interesting when given what are literally the secrets of her work. While most artists focus solely upon the surface, concentrating only on the space the viewer perceives, Best Glover focuses on hidden spaces - the invisible. The back of the canvas or the bottom of a sculpture, spaces which are by design concealed from the viewer, are for Best Glover secret treasures. It is in these spaces that Best Glover leaves vestiges of her creative process and clues to the deeper meaning of her work.

In Best Glover's clay sculpture, Memory, a figure reclines in what appears to be a moment of tender nostalgia. For the few who are adventurous enough to read the underside of the base, there will be discovered the message: The things I've forgotten cleave me in two. Both the meaning of the text and its placement refer to the randomness of perception. Just as we cannot always choose what we will see, we cannot choose what will be preserved in our mind's eye.

There are other, less obvious, secrets in Best Glover's work. Like subliminal advertisements encrypted with symbolic messages, Best Glover's artwork is coded with geomantic principles, golden sections, and Fibonacci numerology. In such works as How Many Angels Fit on the Head of a Pin, Shiva II, or Angel Magic Square, it is doubtful that the viewer would notice that the placement of objects adheres to the equation for the divine proportion f = (1 + 5)/2 or that the proportion of objects to one another relates by the Fibonacci's series (1,2,3,5,8,13...). Geometry is fundamental to the planning and execution of the work, yet the construct isn't about math or science, rather, for Best Glover, it is an attempt to reintegrate philosophy and religion into art from a multicultural perspective.

Throughout her oeuvre, the principles which govern the construction are subtly at work to convey Best Glover's sentiments of a universal artistic truth. While the images she has been using of late, particularly those of
Shiva, may not be mainstream and universally recognizable, the geometric division of the images into circles and squares ultimately strips the traditionally ornate image to its essence lending the work a sense of familiarity.

Best Glover is adamant that the equations she uses in planning her work are common denominators for all natural forms. "All ratios can be predicted, whether looking at the growth of the shell of a snail or a sunflower, or a human being." Given the capability to be a creator, Best Glover looks to these already established principles and has discovered what she perceives to be a truth about the creative process. Not being able to rest until truth is resolved is certainly a component of the human condition and a motivating factor in diving in to uncover the secrets of Aprille Best Glover's work.

Nadine Johnson
Curator
Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art

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