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Read the Seattle Times’ review of Jason Walker’s current exhibition, “On the River, Down the Road” on view at the Bellevue Arts Museum 

“Jason Walker: On the River, Down the Road” (through March 1, 2015): Nature and man-made landscapes are in pitched battle in this satirical exhibit created especially for BAM. This is Bellingham artist Jason Walker’s first solo museum show, and it consists of eight ceramic installations.

Some are sculptural in feel. “Redtail” portrays a deer realistic in shape and proportion, but fanciful in color scheme. It has a highway going down its back (complete with ceramic cars and trucks) and scenes of industry (wind turbines, a hydroelectric dam) painted on its side. Humankind isn’t just imposing on this creature’s habitat; it’s woven into the very fabric of its being.

The same could be said of the two crow-like birds in “Split Down the Middle, but One Always Wants More.” They’re guarding a nest built from iron rods and metal gears, rendered in painted porcelain and stoneware. But instead of fledglings, the nest contains a superhighway with ceramic cars moseying down it between urban high-rises and a rural landscape.

The largest pieces resemble elaborate shrines. “Cascade” surrounds a painting of a lone wolf in a sylvan setting with semiabstract industrial shapes that all but overwhelm its quiet central scene. “Down the Road” serves up a surreal high-rise landscape with a highway at its center that turns into a waterfall pouring over a human hand. Tumbling cars and highflying creatures/objects (a seagull, an airplane) inhabit a frenetic world that’s spinning toward entropy.

Walker’s work has an innocent, colorful surface appeal. But his playfulness grows progressively more barbed as you pick out all its details. This is dandy stuff, with a simmering anger behind it.

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Ferrin Contemporary represented artist Sergei Isupov covered in contemporary art magazine Hi-Fructose.

Using clay as both a material for three-dimensional expression and as a canvas for his illustrations, Isupov capitalizes on all properties of what he finds to be the most open medium. He sculpts human and animal figures, and then adds illustrations in glaze. The paintings diffuse into the clay’s surface, like tattoos on his sculptures’ skin. Taken together, the two- and three-dimensional elements of his work establish a compacted but powerful scene of emotions and narratives.” Click here to read the full article.

Click here to view more of Isupov’s work and find where works are currently on display.

From Ceramic Art and Perception, Janet Koplos reviews Steven Young Lee’s “Red, Blue, and White” show at Greenwhich House Pottery. Koplos is a former senior editor at Art in America magazine and guest editor at American Craft magazine. Photos by Alan Wiener and courtesy of Greenwich House Pottery. Steven Young Lee is represented by Ferrin Gallery.

The big wall at Greenwich House Pottery’s Jane Hartsook Gallery always seemed to ask for something expansive. Steven Young Lee commanded the wall all right, but how interesting that he did so with an installation of 300 handleless baseball-size cups…

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New Sergei Isupov work added to the collection

June 26, 2014 at 9:42 pm 

The ASU Art Museum is thrilled to add its first Sergei Isupov sculpture into the permanent ceramics collection thanks to David Charak, Ferrin Contemporary and the artist. Isupov’s piece, Firey, created from stoneware, stain and glaze, is a beautiful new addition to the collection. It was given to the museum from a series of Isupov’s large-scale heads and appeared at the NCECA 2009 conference at the Mesa Contemporary Arts.

Sergei Isupov, “Firey” 2009, stoneware, stain, glaze, 25.75 x 19.5 x18". From the ASU Art Museum collection, gift of David Charak, Ferrin Contemporary and Sergei Isupov.

Sergei Isupov, “Firey” 2009, stoneware, stain, glaze, 25.75 x 19.5 x18″. From the ASU Art Museum collection, gift of David Charak, Ferrin Contemporary and Sergei Isupov.

Russian-born artist Sergei Isupov is quite often called an erotic Surrealist for his bold depictions of sexuality, relationships and human encounters. He uses his own experiences as well as human observation to create a unique approach to the world of sculpture. “My work portrays characters placed in situations that are drawn from my imagination but based on my life experiences,” said Isupov. “My art works capture a composite of fleeting moments, hand gestures, eye movements that follow and reveal the sentiments expressed.”

Various narrative themes are conjoined together to create Isupov’s sculptural ceramic forms, inspired by particulars from his life. Personal interpretation is very much expected with his work.

Isupov states that, “Through the drawn images and sculpted forms, I capture faces, body types and use symbolic elements to compose, in the same way as you might create a collage. These ideas drift and migrate throughout my work without direct regard to specific individuals, chronology or geography…Through my work I get to report and explore human encounters, comment on the relationships between man and woman, and eventually their sexual union that leads to the final outcome — the passing on of DNA which is the ultimate collection — a combined set of genes and a new life, represented in the child.”

Sergei Isupov, “Firey” back view, 2009, stoneware, stain, glaze, 25.75 x 19.5 x18". From the ASU Art Museum collection, gift of David Charak, Ferrin Contemporary and Sergei Isupov.

Sergei Isupov, “Firey” back view, 2009, stoneware, stain, glaze, 25.75 x 19.5 x18″. From the ASU Art Museum collection, gift of David Charak, Ferrin Contemporary and Sergei Isupov.

Firey, alongside numerous other ceramic works from the ASU Art Museum’s collection, is on display now at the Ceramics Research Center at the Brickyard, located at 699 S. Mill Ave, Suite 108, Tempe, Ariz. 85281. If you haven’t seen our beautiful new space yet, you’re missing out! Plan your visit today, or call 480.727.8170 for directions and hours.

— by Nicole Lechner, ASU Art Museum intern 

During his recent residencies, lecture tour, and travels in the US, UK artist Paul Scott was featured in two exhibitions. The Erie Art Center in Erie, Pennsylvania presented his work in Cumbrian Blue(s): A Solo Exhibition of Recent Works. Another solo show, American Scenery, was presented by Ferrin Contemporary at the New York Ceramics Fair in January of 2014.

C File examines the various aspects of this body of Scott’s work that transforms cast-off ceramics from the 19th and early 20th centuries with modern imagery. His work tells stories that explore the unexpected movement of images through materials, media, cultures, politics, histories, and geographies, inviting us to see this group of traditional objects in a new way. 

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Doug McClemont reviews solo show of Sergei Isupov’s recent work at Barry Friedman’s gallery in New York in ARTnews, October 2013.

 

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Sarah Wertham Buttenweiser | “Leslie Ferrin wears three professional hats. Through Ferrin Gallery, which she established in 1979, she represents many contemporary artists, with an emphasis on figural sculpture and studio ceramics. She also has a busy roster of lectures and consulting gigs. And she’s the director of Project Art, an 8,000-square-foot live/work compound on the banks of the Westfield River in Cummington, Massachusetts, that hosts resident artists, exhibitions, salon-style talks, and potluck suppers. It’s also where Ferrin lives.  We asked the multifaceted Ferrin about her decidedly artful balancing act… You have an unusual living arrangement. Can you describe where you live – and who else lives here?”

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