Opening: Saturday, January 19 from 6pm to 8pm
In a tip toward our startling political climate, the LIES exhibition opens at the District Clay Gallery on Saturday night, January 19. Jurors Wayne Higby and Kelcy Chase Folsom have selected work from 18 ceramic artists that “that reveal truth by means of deception” and in doing so “touch deep the calm heart of truth.” Ceramics, the most plastic of mediums, becomes a fitting tool for such a reveal.
The artists explore not only Trump and our fraught political arena (Boldon, Caponi, Czora, Gottsegen, Jernegan) but also the devastation of war (DaSilva) and the complexities of life in a global world (Rodriguez, Shaban). Other artists focus on the struggle to find a place of our own (Birschbach, Cowen, Nelson, Rohde, Schiffman). Several use everyday or iconic items to challenge everyday assumptions (Dercole, Kim, Raeder, Thompsett, Tullier).
The works employ a wide range of techniques and approaches. Vast spaces are condensed, hollow spaces are made solid, iconic figures are veiled, children’s toys are made enormous and completed work is destroyed:
- An easily shattered Make America Great Again Cap by Connor Czora.
- A new Mount Rushmore for the Age of Trump by Becky Gottsegen.
- A ceramic home of conflicted memories by Jill Birschbach.
- Ceramic fence post holes that bring the power of borders and their walls to life by Brian Caponi.
- A troubled and withdrawn George Washington by Brian Boldon.
- The aftermath of a World War I battlefield by David Dasilva.
- A man forced to devour his cultural beliefs in order to remain free by Kevin Rohde.
- A favorite dish that upon inspection is actually revolting by Matthew Dercole.
- An enormous pinwheel called DENY that flags the danger of climate change by Jeremy Jernegan.
- Jill Birschbach
- Brian Boldon
- Brian Caponi
- Patsy Cowen
- Connor Czorza
- David Dasilva
- Mathew Dercole
- Becky Gottsegen
- Jeremy Jernegan
- Minah Kim
- Liisa Nelson
- Jacob Raeder
- Kevin Rohde
- Horatio Rodriguez
- Hannah Shaban
- Judd Schiffman
- Hannah Thompsett
- Wade Tullier
Jurors: Wayne Higby is an acclaimed educator and ceramic artist. He holds the Robert C. Turner Chair of Ceramic Art at the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University. His work is held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, among many others.
Kelcy Chase Folsom received a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics at the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics from Georgia State University in Atlanta. He has exhibited, taught and lectured widely. Folsom is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University.
The District Clay Gallery:
The District Clay Gallery is Washington DC’s only all-ceramic gallery and is located within the District Clay Center. The gallery presents six exhibitions a year, including shows highlighting new emerging artists, important political and social themes, and exceptional sculpture art. Both the gallery and the center opened in November 2016. The center provides supervised student classes, workshops and artist talks, and houses private artist studio space.
District Clay Center is located at 2414 Douglas Street NE.