Friday, February 8
Closing Reception with NCECA
Friday, March 29
Co-curated by Jehra Patrick (Law Warschaw Gallery Director & Curator) and Summer Hills-Bonczyk (artist and Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Macalester), Strange Place brings together contemporary artists from across the United States, Europe and Asia, who look to the language of clay, and ceramics, prioritizing the plasticity of the medium as a prompt to speculate on the behavioral and performative qualities of clay through a range of forms, including video, performance, sculpture, audio, photography and mixed media. Conceptual concerns among artists and objects propose pluralistic notions of “place” — as real, and geographic, fantastic or ethereal, as well as oblique, or pointing to other- and neither-worlds, describing “place” as mythical or through the lens of abstract ethnography.
In the context of the exhibition, the definition for “strange” describes a space of unease that is both possible and impossible – not quite magical nor banal— and the feelings of belonging, presence, and resolve, are negotiated through a relationship with matter, body, and experience. This show takes a forward-looking view of ceramic practice, stretching our expectations for traditional forms and methods. Strange Place views clay less as a medium tied to tradition, and more as a phenomenological substance, well-suited to traverse the pliant landscape of imagined realities.