architecTONIC, Installation Views

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These are images from Charlie Cummings Gallery. The show was on display in the gallery between April 4th and 16th. architecTONIC is my MFA Thesis show at the University of Florida. Photo credit for the studio shots goes to Charlie Cummings.

A short description of my project follows:

I seek harmony in my surroundings, moments of respite from the rush and concerns of daily life. I find a sense of calm hearing the emotion expressed in a song, seeing soft colors interacting in nature and art, and drinking coffee from a handmade cup. The synthesis of my research in post-modern architecture, abstract painting, and indie music culminates in my utilitarian pottery.

The functional parameters of the pot allow me to achieve two important goals in my work: offering individuals an interactive experience through use, and questioning the aesthetic conventions of the archetypal pot within the framework of function. A surprising rendition of a familiar pottery form strikes the onlooker with a feeling of discovery, enticing a closer investigation through sight, touch, and interaction.

I merge these influences into a visual language to express the sense of calm and balance that I seek in life. Grounded architecturally inspired forms communicate stability, and cantilevered components act as a counterpoint to the mass. Visual chords of color establish a comforting harmonized background. Architectural features punctuated with vivid color conduct the viewer’s eye through the piece and settle into a mellow mid-tempo beat.

The culmination of my research is a body of functional pottery. Geometric forms combined with painted color become utilitarian three dimensional color field paintings. Individual vessels and function-specific sets reference skyline and double as musical phrasing or a waveform of sound. The exhibition design is a hybrid of a home interior and gallery space using display furniture that references tables as well as the pedestal. The walls are engaged with painted elements and shelves holding sets of pottery.

Both architects and potters are fundamentally engaged in designing functional space. Architecture holds people; people hold pottery. Like the sentiment in a song, I instill calmness in my vessels to be experienced through use and contemplation within people’s hands and homes.

architecTONIC Opens April 4th

The culmination of almost 3 years of graduate research and experimentation at the University of Florida will be emerging from the kiln early next week. Some trays, stands and display furniture will be finished shortly after. Amazingly all of this will be ready for the opening reception at Charlie Cummings Gallery on April 4th.

The details are on the images above. Please feel free to share them, or contact me to join my email list or give me your mailing address and I’ll send you an invitation.

If you’re close enough to make the trip to Gainesville, please stop by.

Digital Fabrication

I have been incorporating some new technology in my work. These photos show some of the process from digital modeling to CNC milling, laser cutting and 3-D printing. I am enjoying the contrast between cutting edge and age-old technologies. The precision of computer guided machining juxtaposed to the handmade is compelling, as well. Some finished work with digitally fabricated trays are at the end of the show. More to come…

There is a short video of the CNC mill in action here.