Exhbition Dates: June 25 – August 18, 2012
The Brentwood Arts Exchange will highlight the artwork of local ceramist and sculptor Joe Hicks in its Craft Showcase from June 25 – August 18, 2012. Hicks’ most recent work, large stoneware vessels embellished with prints of cassette tapes will be featured in the gallery’s front windows where they create a dialogue engaging both the fine art exhibition space and the functional art display. With an interest in “Recordable Surfaces,” Hicks’ work focuses on the chemical reactions that occur when carbon in the kiln atmosphere and iron contained in the clay and glaze interact during the firing process. These interactions make it possible for his work to record images, patterns, and natural phenomena that he creates on his stoneware. Armed with the goal of revealing the similarity between these interactions and modern technology’s ability to record information, Hicks uses the ceramic process to produce highly evocative, thoughtful vessels that draw on sources ranging from Claes Oldenburg drawings to 19th and 20th century Japanese shino pottery traditions.
This exhibition of Hicks work is part of the gallery’s Front Window Featured Artist Program an initiative designed to promote the exceptional work of local artists working in small sculpture and/or fine crafts. Hicks who is one of the 12 artists who have studio space in Gateway Arts Center, is the fifth artist to be selected for this opportunity.
About Joe Hicks
Joe Hicks has been living in Washington DC since 2001 where he moved after receiving a BA in Art from Shippensburg University in 2000. He enrolled at The George Washington University, where he studied for three years, earning his MFA in Ceramics in 2005. Joe Hicks is currently a faculty member in Ceramics at Gallaudet University and at The George Washington University. He has been teaching wheel-throwing and hand-building courses at George Washington since 2006, and is teaching a multitude of ceramic and Drawing courses since the fall of 2008 at Gallaudet University.
The Brentwood Arts Exchange at the Gateway Arts Center is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave. Brentwood, MD