For Immediate Release
February 20, 2014
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Brockport, NY – A teapot. A cup. A vase. Everyday objects have a purpose, yet also need to be designed and formed in order to serve their role. This exploration of practical objects that can – and should – be appreciated as artworks is the basis of an exhibition that Lori Mills, associate professor of art, has curated. Embracing Function: Contemporary Approaches to the Utilitarian Vessel is the next exhibition in the Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery, running from March 4 through 30, 2014. The Gallery is located at 180 Holley Street, Brockport, and the exhibit is free and open to the public. (The Gallery will be closed from March 15 – 23, for academic break.)
Mills has set out to showcase several contemporary artists’ approaches to useable pottery. When looking for similarities in their works, she notes “the artists use a variety of construction techniques, surface treatments, and firing processes. Yet, at the core of each artist’s work is a commitment to the practice of making thoughtful and skillfully executed ceramic objects designed for use.”
Artists whose works populate the show include Adam Field, who is inspired by “antique artifacts, and the way they can speak of mastery of lost people, places and cultures.” After living in various places in Asia, Korea and various other places along the Pacific rim, Field’s work reflects a “clean aesthetic that celebrates the masterful simplicity of antique Far Eastern pottery, while retaining the modest utility of colonial American wares.”
Kristen Kieffer “brings elegance, sophistication, and merriment to the everyday. I have a diverse range of influences, and seek to marry the splendor of past eras with a modern desire for beauty and utility. My influences for these Victorian modern porcelain vessels range from 18th century silver service pieces to couture clothing and from Art Nouveau illustrations to cake fondant. Such diversity combined with my own personality as a maker culminates into a unique style.”
Also highlighting the theme of the exhibition is Posey Bacopoulos, whose intention is to “create pots that enter people’s everyday lives in a direct and intimate way. My goal is to integrate form, function and surface in a manner that brings a sense of excitement to my work and my hope is that the pots invite use and that my pleasure in making them is shared by those who use them.
Other potters featured in the show include Peter Beasecker, Linda Christianson, Julia Galloway, Simon Levin, Lisa Naples, Donna Polseno, Hide Sadohara, Linda Sikora, Shoko Teruyama, and Susan O'Brien.
Gallery hours: Monday – Friday: 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday: 1 - 4 pm. For more information, call (585) 395-2805. Parking at Tower Fine Arts Center: Weekdays: Until 7 pm, parking permits are required. Permits cost $5 and can be obtained at the Raye H. Conrad Welcome Center. Evenings and Weekends: After 7 pm on weekdays, and throughout the weekend, parking is not regulated. Metered parking is available adjacent to Tower Fine Arts Center.
Images: 1: Jar by Adam Field 2: Pitcher by Posey Bacopoulos 3: Cups by Kristen Kieffer
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