Press Releases

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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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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RE—REANIMATE, REPAIR, MEND AND MELD

co-curated by Paul Scott and Andrew Baseman
a group show of work by contemporary ceramic artists explores the issues of conservation, restoration, over-consumption, reuse, and recycling

Stephen Bowers, Bouke de Vries, Ruan Hoffmann, Noelle Horsfield, Sergei Isupov, Garth Johnson, Adam Lefebvre, Frances Palmer, Paul Scott, Caroline Slotte, Mara Superior, Ai Weiwei

February 13–April 17, 2016

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Sergei Isupov’s solo exhibition, Head On, will run through March 3, 2016 at the de Menil Gallery at Groton School in Groton, Massachusetts. It features Isupov’s ceramic sculpture, exploring the literal and metaphoric form of the human head.

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Micheline Gingras & Raymon Elozua in “Made in Mountaindale”

On Saturday, August 8th from noon to 4, Raymon Elozua and Micheline Gingras welcomes the public to the Grocery Story Gallery in Mountaindale, NY. The show consists of a series of 12 life-size, collage figures by Micheline Gingras titled, “What is a Clown?” which float directly on the walls, and a second series by Raymon Elozua, “R&D Sculptures,” made of metal, glass, and glazed terra cotta.

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In conjunction with its current ceramic art exhibition, Glazed & Diffused, Ferrin Contemporary will host a panel discussion entitled “CLAY IS HOT! Good Better Best” on Sunday, July 19 at 3 p.m. at 1315 MASS MoCA Way in North Adams. Specialists Daniel Farrell, Suzanne Perrault, and David Rago will discuss collecting ceramics made in the late 1800s through today. The panel, moderated by Leslie Ferrin, will focus on provenance, connoisseurship, and values in ceramics, pottery, and porcelain 1900 to the present.

Guests will have a chance to view the exhibition, Glazed & Diffused, before the panel discussion and afterwards during a wine and cheese reception in the gallery space.

From 6:30 to 9 p.m., there will be a DISH + DINE dinner event in the gallery for collectors, artists, the panelists, and guests. Gramercy Bistro, MASS MoCA’s in-house bistro, will serve a Glazed-themed dinner on wood-fired studio pottery by Michael McCarthy. There is limited space and a fee for this event. Click here for information and reservations.

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Glazed & Diffused will be on view at Ferrin Contemporary’s gallery space at 1315 MASS MoCA Way in North Adams from June 20 through August 16, 2015. This survey exhibition will focus on a select group of international artists chosen for their use of fired clay and glaze pigment to convey abstract content. Their sculpture, objects, vessels, tile, and site-specific installations reveal intended, abstract results using fluidity, abstraction, and color theory.

Exhibiting artists will be Raymon Elozua, Peter Christian Johnson, Jun Kaneko, Jae Yong Kim, Steven Young Lee, Lauren Mabry, Sara Moorhouse, Ron Nagle, George Ohr, Peter Pincus, Robert Silverman, Linda Sormin, Toshiko Takaezu, Beatrice Wood and Betty Woodman.

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