Katrina Rattermann in front of her piece "Bleeding Heart" at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati a couple weeks ago. This piece is part of Manifest's 9th annual MASTER PIECES, an exhibition of current and recent MFA students from across the country. Katrina is currently a graduate student at The University of Arkansas, studying with some amazing artists and professors.
Red Star with Rain Harris and Meredith Host. Taylor Carter received a Wolfstein Travel Fellowship to spend two weeks with Rain and help her develop a new body of work, and tour the sites of KC. Megan just finished working with Meredith last week, again developing new projects for NCECA 2016. I can't wait to hear more, and see these connections come back around this March. In the meantime, I did get the inside scoop from Mo Dickens - the best ceramic/arts enthusiast I know - with photos to prove it.
2nd year MFA Colin Klimesh had his Intro to Wheel students photograph and stage their work to present during the final critique, rather than the pots themselves. The photographs are amazing (as is the work), and it is exciting to see how each student envisions their pieces being used out in the real world. Look out instagram (#ucceramics)...
Olivia Gorman - sophomore
Carmen Ostermann - senior
Slapdash - a collaborative show between University of Cincinnati 2nd year MFAs Colin Klimesh and Justin Hodges with 2014 UC ceramics alumni Christy Wittmer. Slapdash was installed at Neon Heater in Findlay Ohio this spring.
About the show:
Humans clock in on the food chain just above predators with sharp teeth and claws. The hierarchy exists because of advanced problem solving skills, and probably thumbs that move a little more. In this model, human agency is active, enabling it to push against a planet full of passive things. Slapdash suggests that the things pushing back are as critical as the ones doing the pushing.
The impetus for the exhibition is simple, to make tangible the group's ruminations on materialtiy and objecthood. In total, Slapdash is a product of a collaboration between the three artists and the things they could fit into a car and rummage from the gallery. (all photos from Christy Wittmer's website)