Galleries of Contemporary Art
CERAMICA: Contemporary Clay

Elaine Ng, It Was While We Were On Our Way Home (detail), ceramic, thread, sewing needles, 6'h x 10'd x 12'w, 2012

CERAMICA: Contemporary Clay

February 8–April 12, 2013

GOCA Downtown

Corie Cole, Del Harrow, Jerry Morris, Elaine K. Ng, and Mark Wong


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About the artists:

Corie Cole employs humor, cognitive dissonance and the absurd to jar the viewer out of customary ways of thinking about politics, and to critique the power of the individual and the figurehead. Cole completed her MFA at Arizona State University in 2008 where her thesis work focused on the social and political implications of globalization and outsourcing. Cole works out of a back-yard ceramics studio in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Del Harrow Del Harrow is a sculptor who works with a wide range of materials - including ceramics - as a way of investigating objects through "successive experiments with strategies for placement, arrangement, and organization." Harrow's installations reference both "art historical compositions and vernacular spaces: game fields, farms, domestic interiors, forests. These spaces share abstract forms: planes, mesh-works, surfaces, and hierarchies." Del Harrow was featured in the recent "Overthrown" ceramics-focused exhibit at the Denver Art Museum and has exhibited and been awarded residencies worldwide. Harrow currently teaches at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.

Jerry Morris creates complex installations involving numerous clay and mixed-media components which when combined have tremendous impact on the viewer. Morris is creating an entirely new site-specific work for this exhibit. Morris received his BFA from CU -Boulder and was recently awarded a residency at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, where he created the installation for the CERAMICA exhibit.

Elaine K. Ng's work "explores ideas of impermanence, transition, and the uncomfortable space between destinations-those moments after leaving what once was, before arriving at what will be." Ng's site-specific installations employ a spare but lush visual lexicon, communicating incredibly evocative ideas using simple clay, string and fibers. Ng is currently completing her MFA at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.

Mark Wong's conceptual "1,000 Platters" Project highlights the artists penchant for dimensional and output challenges with clay, a twist on the artist's own cultural tradition of folding and dispersing 1,000 origami cranes. An installation of 1,000 hand-thrown clay platters will cover the walls from floor to ceiling and even wrap around into the adjoining COPPeR office. At the close of the exhibit, the 1,000 ceramic platters will be dispersed to collectors all over the world. Wong received his BFA from Pomona College and works out of his studio in Manitou Springs, Colorado.