Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Saturday, March 23 from 6pm to 8pm
This exhibition offers recent investigations correlating the fusion of ceramic layers with our continuing struggle to fuse the complexities of contemporary American society.
In this fascinating artist talk and solo show open at the District Clay Gallery, Joe will examine how the concept of fusion, which he argues is essential to contemporary American society, informs his most most recent work with shino glazed vessels.
As an Assistant Professor at Marymount Univeristy, Hicks’ ceramic work emphasizes the melding of layers between clay, slip, and glaze, creating a multitude of color and textural responses on the surfaces of his shino vessels.
The complexity of these shino surfaces, and the importance of their fusion into one entity, may be comparable to issues related to contemporary American society. Because Americanism is built on the foundation of democracy, allowing for the coalescence of different ideas, its health depends on its ability to fuse the complex layers of different cultures and ideas together.
District Clay Center is located at 2414 Douglas Street NE.