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More Clay The Power of Repetition

Curated by Rebecca Cross
September 10 – December 11, 2022

Bean Finneran, Orange Ring, 2022.

Bean Finneran, Orange Ring, 2022. Low fire clay, glaze, acrylic stain, 16 in x 8 ft x 8 ft. Photo: RR Jones.

David Hicks, Triptych Composition (Panels #1, #2 and #3), 2021

David Hicks, Triptych Composition (Panels #1, #2 and #3), 2021. Glazed and fired terra cotta, steel, 80 x 144 x 20 in. Courtesy of the artist and Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, and Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles.

Kate Roberts, Gates to Nowhere, 2022

Kate Roberts, Gates to Nowhere, 2022. Unfired drops of porcelain, fiber, fishing line, 14 ft x 35 ft x 2 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Transcending the structural limitations of clay and abandoning the material’s traditional association with function, these eight artists build powerful ceramic sculptures through accumulation, repetition, and innovative feats of construction. This exhibition demonstrates the power of assembling multiples as a compelling vehicle for the artists to express their chosen subject-matter as they transform this humble, sustainable material…dirt! into something monumental in form and content. More Clay aims to physically demonstrate the unifying principle of “out of many, one” a concept absent in today’s fractured society.