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April 3, 2014

Halcyon to present international juried ceramics exhibition

TERRE HAUTE — “Contemporary Ceramics International Biennial — Clay and Context 2014,” was juried by Ray Chen, executive director and Halcyon curator, and will feature Indiana artists Chen, Brittany Sievers, Deborah Ball, Kimberly LaVonne Luther and Tai Rogers; Illinois artists Delores Fortuna and Rebecca Hamlin Green; Colorado artists Mike Rand and Vicky Hansen; Kansas artists Gustav Hamilton and Kyle Triplett; Joyce Michaud, Maryland; Matt Mitros, Alabama; Nicolas Darcourt, Minnesota; Paul McCoy, Texas; Po Wen Liu, North Carolina; Seth Charles, Washington state; and Taehoon Kim, Korea.

The exhibition showcases a cross-section of different aesthetic sensibilities and interests of the clay community nationally and internationally. From sculptural to functional and installation work, this exhibition not only spans the wide variety of forms ceramic art takes, but also the generations of artists. Clay as a medium embodies joy, transformation and the possibility of rebuilding, creating and being human. The many ways that artists connect both to the medium and to each other are visible in the work included in this exhibition.

Clay and Context is conceived to draw new attention to clay as a material with fresh significance in contemporary art, while acknowledging the history from which it evolved. The exhibition explores functional, sculptural and installation aspects of current ceramic art. The exhibiting works not only reflect the personal vocabulary of each of the artists, but the cultural climate in which they were produced. The artists combine potent elements of labor, scale and the innate sensuality of clay and glaze to address concerns of environmental degradation and the search for balance in a seemingly all-consuming technological culture.

April Artist Talk Series, 2 to 4 p.m., in the Halcyon, free admission:

Saturday: “Most Influential Artist Film Series,” J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). The most famous of all British painters, Turner was a visionary and a maverick, whose landscape paintings both astounded and antagonized those who saw them.

April 19: George Stubbs (1724-1806). Stubbs is the greatest painter of horses. He literally dissected his subject before he felt able to paint it.  

April 26: Jacques Louis David (1748-1825). David was a revolutionary artist. He gave contemporary life something of the grandeur of ancient Rome and Greece.

The public is invited to the opening artist reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. The exhibition ends April 26.

Halcyon Art Gallery is at 25 S. Seventh St., next to Swope Art Museum at Seventh and Ohio streets. Gallery admission is free. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information, email raychenhalcyon@gmail.com or call 207-807-8799.

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