|The Todd Art Gallery will present “Forms of Expression: A Survey in Contemporary Clay” from Wednesday, Oct. 17, through Thursday, Nov. 1.
Curated by art professor John Donovan, the exhibit includes ceramic artists: Dana Chapman-Tupa, William DePauw, Lisa Elrich, John Oles, Quintin Owens and Adam Paulek.
“Ceramics as an art form has a unique combination of rich cultural history with a contemporary field of innovating artists,” Donovan said. “The traditions of vessel-making and sculptural expression both continue to evolve and cross-pollenate in the field today.”
Consequently, this exhibition brings together a cross-section of artists who weave together history and innovation through clay.
In much of the work, such as that of Oles and Paukek, the vessel serves as a launching point for greater conceptual content, such as the dialog between surface image and form, or through soft curves and satin finish, arousing in the viewer the desire to hold the vessel, Donovan said.
Owens and Chapman-Tupa depart from the vessel and fill a space with visual elements; textures and colors, patterns and forms, creating a rich dialog with the viewer, sometimes narrative, always intriguing.
DePauw and Ehrich bring sculptural combinations of forms that often equally reference something historical and contemporary simultaneously, pulling the viewer’s mind both forward and backward through time.
A public reception is scheduled for from 7 p.m. till 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, in the Todd Art Gallery.
A lecture featuring Paulek, who is a professor of art at Longwood University in Farmville, Va., will also be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19.
All of the events are free and open to the public.
The Todd Art Gallery is open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.