Contemporary Clay

Opening Reception | February 8, 2013 | 5 - 9 pm | Artist Talks @ 6 pm
exhibit through April 12, 2013
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Friday | 12 - 5 pm or by appointment

Corie Cole | Del Harrow | Jerry Morris | Elaine K. Ng | Mark Wong 

CERAMICA features five contemporary artists breaking the mold in their handling of this ancient medium. Many of the artists in this exhibit are based in Colorado or have ties to the region, taking the pulse of ceramic-based artistic innovation in the Rocky Mountain West. 

Corie Cole employs humor, cognitive dissonance and the absurd to jar the viewer out of customary ways of thinking about politics, and to critique the power of the individual and the figurehead. Cole completed her MFA at Arizona State University in 2008 where her thesis work focused on the social and political implications of globalization and outsourcing. Cole works out of a back-yard ceramics studio in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

Del Harrow is a sculptor who works with a wide range of materials - including ceramics - as a way of investigating objects through "successive experiments with strategies for placement, arrangement, and organization." Harrow's installations reference both "art historical compositions and vernacular spaces: game fields, farms, domestic interiors, forests. These spaces share abstract forms: planes, mesh-works, surfaces, and hierarchies." Del Harrow was featured in the recent "Overthrown" ceramics-focused exhibit at the Denver Art Museum and has exhibited and been awarded residencies worldwide. Harrow currently teaches at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. www.delharrow.net

Jerry Morris  creates complex installations involving numerous clay and mixed-media components which when combined have tremendous impact on the viewer. Morris is creating an entirely new site-specific work for this exhibit. Morris received his BFA from CU -Boulder and was recently awarded a residency at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, where he created the installation for the CERAMICA exhibit. www.jerrywaynemorris.com

Elaine K. Ng's work "explores ideas of impermanence, transition, and the uncomfortable space between destinations-those moments after leaving what once was, before arriving at what will be." Ng's site-specific installations employ a spare but lush visual lexicon, communicating incredibly evocative ideas using simple clay, string and fibers. Ng is currently completing her MFA at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. www.elainekng.com

Mark Wong's conceptual "1,000 Platters" Project highlights the artists penchant for dimensional and output challenges with clay, a twist on the artist's own cultural tradition of folding and dispersing 1,000 origami cranes. An installation of 1,000 hand-thrown clay platters will cover the walls from floor to ceiling and even wrap around into the adjoining COPPeR office. At the close of the exhibit, the 1,000 ceramic platters will be dispersed to collectors all over the world. Wong received his BFA from Pomona College and works out of his studio in Manitou Springs, Colorado. 
Platters are available for purchase now by clicking here - 25% of sales benefit GOCA programming. For tax deductibility, please contact gallery staff before purchasing: gallery@uccs.edu -or- 719.255.3504 

Photo credit: Elaine Ng, It Was While We Were On Our Way Home (detail), ceramic, thread, sewing needles, 6'h x 10'd x 12'w, 2012


Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 12 - 5 pm
or by appointment