Architectural Ceramics - May 2006
May 18th - June 14th, 2006
We are pleased to announce the exhibition, “Architectural Ceramics”, a group show featuring sculptural works by renowned ceramic artists along with a gallery installation constructed with bricks by award winning Washington DC architect, Phil Esocoff, FAIA.
Esocoff’s innovative, undulating, patterned brick facades grace numerous outstanding buildings in downtown DC and he will now take his vision of architectural clay into our building.
Philadelphia sculptor and Temple University professor of ceramics, Robert Winokur is represented in the show with his abstract, geometric architectural structures, his iconographic houses. Winokur’s impressive contribution in the field of ceramics is currently being recognized with a retrospective spanning his 50 year career at Alfred University where he received his MFA in 1958.
Jason Green invents a new building material with his beautiful glazed terra cotta, 3 dimensional, interlocking tiles. Multiples stacked, they fit together to build a patterned and colored freestanding façade - the structure and decoration fused. Two or three hanging on the wall together become a beautiful sculptural relief. Up and coming Green won the prestigious “Emerging Artists Grant” from the American Craft Council in 2003.
Sculptor, Eric O’Leary of the well known Tariki Studio, departs from his large scale architectural landscape installations to exhibit several of his more intimate ceramic furniture; benches, stools and tables, which literally straddle the worlds of functional pottery and sculpture.
Soveig Cox explores architecture as fantasy environment with her whimsical imaginary interiors inhabited by cats. The act of placing her cats in interiors filled with Cox’s famous and obsessive cat motif ceramics, including the miniature cabinetry to house them, reveals cat as artist’s alter ego and this architecture as the boundary to a parallel, imaginary and very comical universe.