Earth & AlchemyContemporary Ceramic Sculpture
Stephen D. Paine Gallery
Yo Akiyama, Susannah Biondo-Gemmell, Syd Carpenter, Sam Chung, Mark Cooper, Laurent Craste, Bean Finneran, Klara Kristalova, Kate MacDowell, Warren Mather, Naoko Matsumoto, J.J. McCracken, Megumi Naitoh, Valéria Nascimento, Kamio Ogata, Elizabeth Orleans, Annabeth Rosen, Takayuki Sakiyama, Linda Swanson, Paul Swenbeck, Akio Takamori, Xavier Toubes, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Jason Walker, Kurt Weiser
Earth & Alchemy celebrates contemporary ceramic sculpture and showcases a cross-generational selection of over two dozen influential artists. Exploring a range of ideas encompassing conceptualism, social activism, materiality, and humor, this exhibition presents a survey of approaches to ceramics that often push the boundaries of one of the world's oldest media. Whether through expansive sculptures, extraterrestrial installations, or fantastical vessels, the artists included in the exhibition have developed novel techniques—such as using oven-baked backyard clay covered with house paints, layering slip over glaze to create richly textured and encrusted surfaces, or silk-screening digital imagery onto porcelain. Earth & Alchemy examines the depth and range of ceramic practice today—a macrocosm of clay.
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