Earth & Alchemy Past

September 24–November 24, 2012

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.

Yo AkiyamaSusannah Biondo-GemmellSyd CarpenterSam ChungMark CooperLaurent CrasteBean FinneranKlara KristalovaKate MacDowellWarren MatherNaoko MatsumotoJ.J. McCrackenMegumi NaitohValéria NascimentoKamio OgataElizabeth OrleansAnnabeth RosenTakayuki SakiyamaLinda SwansonPaul SwenbeckAkio TakamoriXavier ToubesEugene Von BruenchenheinJason WalkerKurt Weiser
Stephen D. Paine Gallery
Free and open to the public. Always.

This exhibition was curated by Lisa Tung with Darci Hanna. Exhibition design and installation overseen by Rob Gainfort. 

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