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The Charlotte Observer: Cristina Córdova

Near and Far by Cristina Córdova is worth a drive to Penland” by Mark Leach, correspondent for The Charlotte Observer 

“The human forms Córdova sculpts are powerful, immediately discernible representations. Each is, as are her mixed media drawings, provocative and lovingly intimate: deeply felt portrayals of her subjects.”

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Galerie Magazine: Patriotic Passions & Mara Superior profile

“Patriotic Passions”  by author Suzy Slesin features Superior’s important commission, “The Pursuit of Happiness,” based on the principles of democracy for a prominent New York private collection.

“Mara Superior’s pieces are vessels of memory, powerful forms filled with remembrance of things past. They are commemorative icons expressing a hieratic spiritual quality that calls for ceremonial placement In the environment. The content of the drawings is contemplative and complex, the use of words gives clues to the paradox being explored.” … “Superior’s work is firmly grounded in the ceramic tradition; the ancient Greeks, too, decorated their ceremonial pots with narrative drawings. The fascinating physical beauty of glazed porcelain, with its copper-red blushes and floating cobalt blues, is of central value. They could not exist with the same impact in any other material. They are about ceramic art. The quality and content of the painting conjures memories of illuminated manuscripts and small botanical studies. There is a very personal and idiosyncratic quality in Superior’s work that co-exists with great strength and dignity. A unique freshness emerges from the artist’s almost cloistered, confident, personal vision.” — Angela Fina, American Ceramics Magazine Review

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Cristina Córdova: Involuntary Dialogs

Ceramics Monthly, Feb 2016
by Kathleen Whitney

“For centuries, both painting and sculpture were synonymous with the representation of figures; the earliest images we know are figurative. The foundation of Cristina Córdova’s work lies squarely within this global tradition.”

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The Massachusetts Cultural Council recognizes exceptional work by Massachusetts artists across a range of disciplines. These highly competitive awards provide artists crucial validation among their peers and the public. They catalyze artistic advancement and pave the way for creative innovation of enduring cultural value. MCC is committed to funding individual artists. They believe that the core of a vibrant, healthy society resides in the often unheralded work artists perform day after day.

 

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POISE: Peter Christian Johnson press release

November 18–December 31, 2016 at Ferrin Contemporary 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA

Opening Reception Saturday, November 19, 4–6pm

“POISE explores the tension between acts of labor and collapse, between precision and failure.  It is a meditation on entropy that uses Gothic cathedrals as a foil to examine the dichotomy of beauty and loss. For this exhibition Johnson has created a series of highly organized architectural forms based on the floor plans of historic cathedrals. These forms are distorted and deconstructed under the weight of the glaze in an attempt to find virtue in brokenness.” — Peter Christian Johnson

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Clay Politcs with Justin Rothshank

October 15, 3–5
Ferrin Contemporary
1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
Gallery open Wed–Sun, 11–5.

Join us in the gallery to meet one of the featured artists in KNOW JUSTICE,  Justin Rothshank for a discussion of Clay Politics

At 4:00, Justin Rothshank will join in conversation with Elenor Wilson, editor of the Studio Potter journal, in the gallery at Ferrin Contemporary.

They will discuss the ways in which contemporary ceramics and art is used to raise awareness of social and political issues. The exhibition, KNOW JUSTICE: Brooke & Justin Rothshank, incites conversations about justice, our political system, and the structures that govern them.

Elenor Wilson the editor of Studio Potter journal and an independent artist living in Western Massachusetts. She has traveled extensively as an artist, including residencies in Taiwan, Finland, and throughout the U.S.

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KNOW JUSTICE — PREVIEW

Join us at Ferrin Contemporary, 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
on Saturday, August 13 for a PREVIEW of KNOW JUSTICE.

Justin Rothshank will present a tablescape of original decal-printed ceramics depicting the 44 US presidents.

KNOW JUSTICE
September 10–November 13

presents a two-person show by Justin and Brooke Rothshank focusing on American politics, the Supreme Court, and presidential history. Brooke’s miniature watercolor portraits are complemented by Justin’s decal-printed tableware.

Save the date: KNOW JUSTICE DISH+DINE Saturday, October 15, panel 3–5, dinner 6–9
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KNOW JUSTICE: Brooke & Justin Rothshank

Sept 10–Nov 13 at 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA

This two-person show of work by Justin and Brooke Rothshank focuses on American politics, the Supreme Court, and presidential history.

Justin’s work uses photographic collages he creates from images sourced from public domain web imagery and applies them as
decal transfer prints onto hand-thrown dinnerware, pitchers, trophies, and objects used in ceremony. Brooke’s miniatures are hand-painted
watercolors featuring the Supreme Court justices, significant buildings, and singular objects related to the court. Their collaborative works feature Brooke’s finely drawn and carved portraits of the nine justices and their presidential nominators on Justin’s hand thrown and decorated platters. Through this exhibition and its installation, the artists share their interest in the current judicial and political systems with the goal of documentation and encouraging reflection on powerful individuals and their roles within our political system.

THE PRESIDENTIAL TABLE
Saturday, Aug 13
Preview of the exhibition Know Justice with Justin Rothshank’s twenty-
foot table-scape of original decal-printed ceramics depicting the 44 US
presidents. There will be a blank place setting at the head of the table that will be completed with a depiction of the winning presidential candidate after November’s election.

MEET THE ARTIST
Saturday, Oct 15, 3–5pm
Join us in the gallery for a public reception and conversation in the gallery with artist, Justin Rothshank.

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Clay is Hot! CONNOISSEURSHIP discussion press release

Ferrin Contemporary presents

CLAY IS HOT! — CONNOISSEURSHIP: BUY, SELL, GIVE

a discussion about the changing marketplace and its impact on 21st century art collections.
Join us on Sunday, July 10 from 3–5 in the gallery at 1315 MASS MoCA Way in North Adams.
This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested.

Moderator Leslie Ferrin will lead panelists in a conversation-style discussion and exchange with the audience about issues surrounding changes taking place in and impacts on public and private collections. The panel will consist of Doug Anderson, art collector; Mark Leach, independent curator and author; Suzanne Ramljak, art historian, author, editor, and independent curator; and Emily Zilber, Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts, MFA Boston.

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