CeramicsApril 4–May 4, 1997
Ceramics: curated by Paul Ha
Kim Dickey, Carter Kustera, Jeffrey Mitchell, Beverly Semmes, Mary Heilmann, David Scher, Raymond Saa Stein and others.
The medium of ceramics contains a presumed functionality. The artists in this exhibition propose to use ceramics for the purpose of looking, either at the pure material itself, or the forms behind the function of typical ceramic objects, as opposed to the purpose of holding flowers or food. Some tend towards non-representation while others push the limits of scale and proportion from the familiar causing the object to lose all functionality. These artists all display a love for the organic medium of clay as well as a respect for the tradition of ceramics. Generally categorized as “craft”, ceramics currently finds itself in a position to address conceptual, political or artistic issues which have historically been the reign of “fine art”. These artists resist such categorization and their work reflects the need for redefinition of the ceramic object in order to get at the larger issues concerning art today.