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Notes and Happenings from Ferrin Contemporary:Ceramic Specialists

It’s a Painting, It’s a Drawing, It’s a Sculpture, It’s Ceramics, It’s Beautiful–Lauren Mabry: Fused by Sara Farrell Okamura

The Greylock Glass

June 2, 2019

 

“Through her own determination, experimentation and talent Lauren Mabry is proving there is not delineation between mediums, and not only creates exquisite work, but provides a clarion call to other artists to break loose and take a risk.”

-Sara Farrell Okamura

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It’s a Painting, It’s a Drawing, It’s a Sculpture, It’s Ceramics, It’s Beautiful–Lauren Mabry: Fused

by Sara Farrell Okamura

Lauren Mabry, Loopy Cylinder (Blue & Pink no. 3), 2019, red earthenware, slips and glaze, 11 x 14 x 14″.

 

Shaping the exhibition I Ferrin Contemporary Director helps shape artists’ work, clients’ collections
by Jennifer Smith Huberdeau

Berkshire Eagle

May 17, 2019

“The theory was to run the business from the artist’s perspective; to do for artists what I wanted done for me as an artist and wasn’t finding for myself. I think a lot of galleries are run by people who used to be artists, so they have that perspective. It’s a really creative role to be the one who brings the [artist’s] work into the public. You have to understand the artist’s perspective and the public’s perspective and then bring those two things together.”…

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Shaping the exhibition I Ferrin Contemporary Director helps shape artists’ work, clients’ collections
by Jennifer Smith Huberdeau, photo credit: Gillian Jones

Lauren Mabry, “A ‘rising star in the ceramics world'” by Jennifer Huberdeau, Berkshire Eagle, May 3, 2019.

“While most ceramic artist see glaze as the thing that finishes a piece, Lauren Mabry sees it as the centerpiece of her work…”

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A ‘rising star in the ceramics world’ by Jennifer Huberdeau

Lauren, Mabry, “Loopy Cylinder (Black with Purple Ellipse no. 2)” 2018, earthenware, glaze, 9.5 x 11 x11″.

‘Lauren Mabry’s Inquiries’ by Lyn Horton

May 2019

“The fine line between art and craft is the subject of a dance that has been going on for centuries, either through cultural assessment or in the eyes of artists. Along with that dance is a subsidiary debate regarding form and function. There is no reason to prefer any equation over another in either didactic stream. The key is how each characteristic is actualized: form, function, craft, art. And, in the end, all are one…”

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Ferrin Contemporary, LAUREN MABRY: Fused, 2019, Installation View

‘Harmony through dissonance’: Steven Young Lee’s ceramic sculptures

by RACHEL ROSENFIELD LAFO

May 8th, 2019

“His approach is respectful yet at the same time irreverent, referencing historical traditions and time-honored techniques of glazing and decoration but adding unexpected surprises and a sense of humor to his ceramic sculptures.”

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Read More about his Exhibition APEX: Steven Young Lee at the Portland Museum of Art HERE

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Steven Young Lee, “Porcelain Jar with Cloud and Dragon Design in Inlayed Cobalt Blue” (2019). Porcelain, cobalt inlay, glaze

PETER PINCUS’S Finesse by Lyn Horton, January 2019.

‘Pincus is an intense, dedicated master of his craft. His work speaks a restrained yet exuberant enthusiasm for those visual artists and ceramicists who have come before him. This article hinges upon an exhibit, at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, MA, entitled “Peter Pincus: Channeling Josiah Wedgwood.”…’

-Lyn Horton

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PETER PINCUS’S Finesse by Lyn Horton, January 2019.

Peter Pincus, “Ewer, c. 1893/2018″ 2018, colored porcelain, 13 x 6 x 5”.

 

 

THE WOMEN WHO CHANGED CALIFORNIA CLAY

A Clay Symposium on January 12th, 2019, from 3-5pm

at the Monterey Museum of Art La Mirada Cultural Center
720 Via Mirada, Monterey, CA

MARTHA DREXLER LYNN PH.D. Curator/Art Historian
CYNTHIA DE BOS Manager of Collections Artists’ Legacy Foundation
LESLIE FERRIN Director of Ferrin Contemporary Gallery
NANCY SELVIN Artist, Professor Ceramics California College of the Arts
NANCY SERVIS Curator/Art Historian

Join the Monterey Museum of Art as we gather an expert panel of artists, curators, scholars, art dealers, and gallerists to discuss how women shaped California ceramics in the second half of the 20th Century. Learn how ceramicists Coille Hooven, Viola Frey, and others forged the way for generations of women in ceramics and glass arts through groundbreak art and feminist activism.

INFO AND TICKETS AT MONTEREYART.ORG/EVENTS

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Evan Hauser & Canary Syndrome

CFile on November 19, 2018

“In Hauser’s Preservation and Use #3, the artist encases a landscape painting by French-American naturalist painter George Hetzel. In his work, perhaps Hauser is attempting to dam-up Hetzel’s river, clogging its serene waters with ubiquitous packing. He similarly plugs-up Yellowstone Falls by Albert Bierstadt and corrals Thomas Moran’s Teton Range. It’s no wonder Hauser used works by Hudson River School painters: aware of the true price of Manifest Destiny, Hudson River School artists began to incorporate this skepticism into their works (Think: Thomas Cole’s The Course of Empire) and can be said to be the country’s first environmentalists…”

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BOUKE DE VRIES

WAR & PIECES/ MATRIX 180
WADSWORTH ANTHENEUM

Oct. 4th- Jan. 6th, 2019

Hartford, CT

“Many of these banquets were held before big battles. At the Duchess of Richmond’s party [which was held in Belgium], Napoleon was advancing. All the men had to leave,” including almost every officer in the army of the Duke of Wellington. De Vries says. “I put the battle on the table. It’s a safer option.”

 — Bouke de Vries

Bouke de Vries is represented by Ferrin Contemporary.
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Sculptor Uses Sugar, Porcelain And Transformers As A Commentary On Warfare

BOUKE DE VRIES– Susan Dunne of the Hartford Courant reviews War & Piece‘s US debut at the Wadsworth Atheneum, in Hartford, CT. On-view through January 6th, 2019.

 

VISIT

FERRIN CONTEMPORARY is located in the heart of the Berkshires — home to museums, theaters, performance centers, and many great restaurants. The area is the perfect art vacation destination along with the natural beauty of the mountains themselves. Click for more

Let us help “curate” your visit to the Berkshires this summer and fall. Click here to send an e-mail.

June 6, 2017

CERAMICS ARE EVERYWHERE

private collections are on view in public museums
Massachusetts, California and Toronto

BEYOND FUNCTION:
CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS FROM THE DONALD CLARK COLLECTION


LAST CHANCE  On View through September 2, 2018
D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts
Springfield Museums, Springfield, MA
An exhibit of extraordinary works from Donald Clark’s extensive private collection ranging from functional vessels to figural sculpture. The exhibition includes numerous works by artists from throughout Massachusetts in a collection built 1980 – present acquired from studios and the exhibitions at Pinch Pottery and Ferrin Gallery.

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LIVING WITH CLAY: CALIFORNIA CERAMICS COLLECTIONS


August 25–November 17
Opening Reception: Sat, Aug 25, 5–8pm
Living with Clay: California Ceramics Collections, curated by Rody N. López, pays homage to distinguished collectors that have amassed impressive collections of ceramic artworks from some of the most respected artists in the field, all reflecting an insatiable passion for clay.
Sergei Isupov, “Bow”, 1998, Sonny & Gloria Kamm Collection

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THE DIANA REITBERGER COLLECTION


August 29–Jan 2, 2019
Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Reitberger Collection is significant for revealing new connections between Canadian artists and leading international makers from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan. (at left Peter Pincus, “Trio V”, 2017)

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CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: DEL BALCÓN


On View through September 16
Cristina Cordóva’s solo exhibition, Del balcón at Ferrin Contemporary is on view in the gallery at 1315 MASS MoCA Way in North Adams, MA

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On view through September 16
Cristina Cordóva‘s solo exhibition, Del balcón 
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September 27 – November 4
Canary Syndrome
Group exhibition featuring recent works by Elizabeth Alexander, Bouke de Vries, Elliot Kayser, Beth Lipman, Livia Marin, Paul Scott, Jason Walker.
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November 10 – December 29
Peter Pincus: Channeling Josiah Wedgwood
solo exhibition exploring new forms based on research work into collections at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AB
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VISIT US IN ART COUNTRY


We can help you organize behind-the-scenes visits to artist studios, guided tours with curators and special farm-to- table dinners.  Now scheduling 2019 tours for individuals, museums and collector groups.

VISIT US IN CUMMINGTON AT PROJECT ART


OUR SEASONAL GALLERY
OPEN BY APPOINTMENT THROUGH OCTOBER
at Project Art
54 Main Street, Cummington
Selected works from Ferrin Contemporary,
private collections, and current projects.

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FERRIN CONTEMPORARY
in Building 13 on the MASS MoCA Campus


Start or end your day at FERRIN CONTEMPORARY when you explore the world of MASS MoCADowntown North Adams, and the Berkshires — we are happy to help you find your way to more art, local food, and, of course, fresh beer.

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