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FERRIN CONTEMPORARY PARTICIPATES IN CERF+ BENEFIT AUCTION

FERRIN CONTEMPORARY PARTICIPATES IN CERF+ BENEFIT AUCTION

FERRIN CONTEMPORARY JOINS

CERF+ BENEFIT AUCTION

With Over 300 Works of Art Set for Ebay Auction, The International Ceramic Arts Community Join Forces to Raise Funds for Artists Affected by COVID-19.

During this period of economic and social disruption, a group of galleries, collectors, artists and art-related businesses have joined together in an online ceramic auction to provide direct monetary support to artists and organizations in the craft community and, in doing so, unite the ceramics community in our shared values.

The auction, running on Ebay from Friday, June 19th and ending on Sunday, June 28 at 4 p.m. PDT (https://www.ebay.com/usr/studiopottery ), hosted by Jeffrey Spahn, Jeffrey Spahn Gallery) ).  An online public preview cocktail party, hosted by Everson Museum’s ceramics curator Garth Johnson, brings together donors, artists and the beneficiaries on Thursday, June 25th 7pm EST via Zoom. 

VIRTUAL EVENT

Thursday, June 25, 7 pm EST

Hosted by Garth Johnson, Everson Museum

Guests include Cornelia Carey, CERF+, artists Christa Assad, Lauren Mabry and others involved with the auction as donors and receiving organizations. This program will be live and include conversations about the artworks in the auction from studios and donating galleries.

CERF+ Auction Preview
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ARTWORKS IN THE AUCTION

ADDITIONAL ARTISTS IN THE AUCTION

Betty Woodman, Lucie Rie, Josef Albers, Ruth Duckworth, Jun Kaneko, Linda Lopez, Lauren Mabry, Warren Mackenzie, Sergei Isupov, Rose Simpson, Peter Voulkos, Akio Takamori, John Reeve, Jesse Small, Shin-Yu Wang, Patti Warashina, Adrian Saxe, David MacDonald, Ashwini Bhat, and Bobby Silverman, are just several of the world-renowned ceramic artists whose works will be on eBay, to raise funds for artists in need. Bidding begins Friday, June 19th, and ends Sunday, June 28th, at 4:00 pm PDT. The Jeffrey Spahn Gallery created a flipbook, which includes a number of the artists whose work will be in the auction.

The purpose of this auction is two-fold. One, to raise direct funds for artists in need. Two, to unite the ceramics community in solidarity for our shared values. Collectors, gallerists, and artists have united the ceramics community with the majority of proceeds going to the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) along with several other beneficiaries including the Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramic Research Center, Everson Museum of Art, Howard Kottler Scholarship Fund at Cranbrook Art Academy, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, and The Studio Potter.

Participating Galleries

Cross Mackenzie Gallery, Duane Reed Gallery, Ferrin Contemporary, Harvey Preston Gallery, Jeffrey Spahn Gallery, Lucy Lacoste Gallery, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Rago-Wright Auctions and Trax Gallery, with contributions from Peter Held Appraisals and the LEF Foundation.

Posted by AxelJ in Artist News, Blog, Highlights, News

NATURE OF NURTURING | Notes from Director, Leslie Ferrin

NATURE OF NURTURING | Notes from Director Leslie Ferrin

A renewed awareness and galvanizing commitment for change is surging through American cultural and academic institutions, organizations, and businesses of every sort, exposing the crying need for structural change. Specifically, this includes the advancement of equality for artists of all genders, eliminating the sexual harassment, wage discrimination, and the other forms of sexism that continue to affect the lives of women, transgender and non-binary individuals. As part of the movement to reverse and rebalance priorities as well as open new doors, it is crucial to offer opportunities to artists who have been historically marginalized.

Ferrin Contemporary has invited twelve female artists to pause and reflect on the role gender plays in their artistic practice, to consider the impact of the #MeToo movement, and/or to examine how the constructs of gender and gendered behavior impact their personal and professional lives. Nature assigned these artists who identify as female on a given path, whereas nurture is an accumulation of experiences and influences has had both positive and negative impact on their personal and professional lives.

Individual artworks do not always offer specific references to identity through direct content. However, a close look at the career paths in the short biographies and written statements in this exhibition, Nature/Nurture reveals information about how each of these artists – members of several different generations – has sustained her creative practice. The ceramic artworks in Nature/Nurture converge in a dialogue and accumulation of experiences and influences; they reflect on positive and negative forces shaping contemporary female and non-binary identities. Together, through the artwork, statements and biographies, these women artists who identify as female and are at various stages of their careers, convey different experiences defined by their gender, age, geographic and cultural identities.

Mara Superior, Sally Silberberg, Tricia Zimic have had decades-long careers that began before the two youngest, now in their 30’s were born. Unlike the women who began their career in the 70’s, Crystal Morey and Lauren Mabry and others born in the 80’s are already well established with museums actively acquiring important mid-career works. Linda Sikora and Linda Sormin have balanced their international artistic practices with teaching in University programs. As a graduate student, Linda Sikora was unable to attend a program led by a female professor. Linda Sormin, of the generation following, pursued graduate studies specifically with three leading women artists Linda Sikora, Andrea Gill and Anne Currier. Likewise, Giselle Hicks and Cristina Córdova had the advantage of powerful female faculty and confidence that led to independent paths, establishing their own studio practice supported by periodic short term teaching, unhindered by the politics of full-time academia. International artists, Kadri Pärnamets (Estonia), Rae Stern (Israel) and Anina Major (Bahamas)

have located their practices in the USA where residencies have welcomed them, supported the development of their work and proximity to the marketplace.

For the two artists who began their careers in the 70’s, their education took place in institutions with male-dominated programs. As they began their careers, the studio craft movement provided independent economic security and a “workaround” for women whose chosen media, ceramics, had yet to be embraced by the fine art world. For those who followed beginning their careers in the 90’s and until the market crash in 2008, the glass ceiling showed cracks. Women were hired in academic positions, replacing retiring male faculty as programs were rebalanced to achieve diversity.

Starting in the eighties, studio craft was avidly collected by private collectors through fairs, galleries and directly from the artists themselves. The ultimate goal of self-support through sales was viable for a large number of artists but that ended with the recession. For those who began their professional careers at a time when the market system had collapsed, these artists were ultimately fortunate as a new path opened for work in ceramics when the groundbreaking survey exhibition in 2009, “Dirt on Delight” jettisoned ceramics into the broader field of contemporary fine art in the USA. In addition, the explosion of international biennales inclusive of ceramics and craft that provided context for material based artworks in the broader art scene.

This wide acceptance for ceramics and the other female associated media, fiber arts, has settled the Art vs. Craft debate. For both emerging and established artists whose chosen primary material was previously segregated and independent from the mainstream, these new opportunities for their works have begun to balance the gender and cultural gap of representation at galleries and museums. Foundation support for diversity initiatives have had a significant impact through awards for artist fellowships and new scholarship. For those whose work took the form of vessels or studio pottery, a new generation of curators have embraced their work by making connections between practicing contemporary artists and past masterworks in the areas of decorative arts and design.

Inspired by the important work of Judith Butler and Helen Longino, the artists in this show were invited to explore the influence of ‘Nature/Nurture’ within their practice. Their work ranges from more direct interpretations of the natural world, to more abstract notions, such as the construction of gender, and endowed role of women.  “Possibility is not a luxury; it is as crucial as bread.” ― Judith Butler, Undoing Gender, 2004

Seen as a whole, this group of twelve women artists who live and work throughout the USA, is representative of the rising tide of professional opportunities. While significant earnings and advancement gaps remain, a course correction is underway through the increasing number of gender and culturally specific exhibitions. As priorities shift for museum collections, educational public programming and private collectors, these efforts to course-correct are bringing recognition to artists previously overlooked and undervalued and to undocumented legacies. Nature/Nurture seeks to contribute to and further this recognition.

Leslie Ferrin, director Ferrin Contemporary

NATURE/NURTURE
a group exhibition of twelve contemporary female artists invited to explore the influence of gender and its impact on their practice.

Read the NATURE/NURTURE series

NATURE/NURTURE | Group Show of 12 Women Artists
LESLIE FERRIN | Director Notes | Nature of Nurturing
CRISTINA CORDOVA | Nature/Nurture | PBS Craft in America – Identity
GISELLE HICKS | Tiles & Vessels | Teaching Online in the Time of COVID19

LAUREN MABRY | Nature/Nurture | Cylinders & Flow Blocks
ANINA MAJOR | Nature/Nurture | No Vacancy in Paradise
CRYSTAL MOREY | Nature/Nurture | Museum Acquisitions
KADRI PÄRNAMETS | Nature/Nurture | Small Matters and Roots & Pollinators
LINDA SIKORA | Nature/Nurture | On Nurture: Our Social and Political Spaces
MARA SUPERIOR | Nature/Nurture | Museum Acquisitions
RAE STERN | Nature/Nurture | In Fugue
TRICIA ZIMIC | Nature/Nurture | Sins & Virtues

READ MORE HERE.

MORE ON THE ARTISTS

*ADDITIONAL ARTIST PROFILES BEING COMPOSED AS THE SERIES UNFOLDS*
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Giselle Hicks
Sally Silberberg
Linda Sormin

Posted by AxelJ in Blog, News, NOTES FROM DIRECTOR

5 Must-See Ceramics Shows You Can View Online, Artsy, April 29, 2020

“While galleries have temporarily closed worldwide due to COVID-19, we can still get inspired by the work of contemporary artists. As part of Artsy’s Art Keeps Going campaign, we’re featuring exhibitions that you can access via Artsy, with insights from the artists and our writers. This week, we’re sharing a selection of shows featuring ceramics at galleries from Los Angeles to Helsinki…”

“Nature/Nurture” Installation View, Crystal Morey, Mara Superior, Kardi Parnamets, 2020.

Posted by Kim in Artist News, News, Press Coverage

Galleries closed due to COVID-19, but Art must go on!, Beautiful Bizarre, March 17, 2020


 

Galleries closed due to COVID-19, but Art must go on!

Beautiful Bizarre,

March 17, 2020
“Sensibly many galleries around the world have decided to close their doors, cancel opening receptions and operate online or by appointment only, due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In an effort to assist our community in this time of uncertainty and hardship, we are putting together the below list of exhibitions from around the world, whose opening receptions will not go ahead because of the virus shutdowns. In order to promote that these exhibitions ARE STILL HAPPENING…”

Crystal Morey, “Three Graces” 2019, hand-sculpted porcelain, 19 x 10 x 8″.

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NATURE/NURTURE: Female ceramists reflect on experiences that shaped them, The Berkshire Eagle, March 13, 2020

NATURE/NURTURE: Female ceramists reflect on experiences that shaped them, The Berkshire Eagle, March 13, 2020

The Berkshire Eagle

by Jennifer Huberdeau

March 13, 2020

“In the late 1970s, group shows, featuring women ceramists were few and far between.

“In 1979, there were no solo shows for women. The numbers today are better, but still bad,” said Leslie Ferrin, gallerist and owner of Ferrin Contemporary.

Back then, Ferrin had just opened Pinch Pottery, a working studio, shop and gallery in Northampton with fellow ceramic artists, Mara Superior and Barbara Walch. Women ceramicists, she said, struggled for recognition, not only because they were female artists, but also because their chosen medium wasn’t as accepted [as fine art] as it is today….”

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Ferrin Contemporary featured in The Rogovoy Report

Nature/Nurture, an exhibition featuring works by a dozen contemporary female artists exploring the influence of gender and its impact on their practice, opens at Ferrin Contemporary on the MASS MoCA campus on Wednesday, March 4, and runs through Saturday, March 28. An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 20, 5:30 – 7:30pm.

Nature/Nurture includes work by Cristina Córdova, Giselle HicksLauren MabryAnina MajorCrystal Morey, Kadri PärnametsLinda Sikora, Sally SilberbergLinda SorminMara SuperiorRae Stern, and Tricia Zimic.

The timely exhibition explores ideas that range from direct interpretations of the natural world to more abstract notions, such as the construction of gender and the endowed role of women within their personal and professional careers….”

Rae’ut Stern, Artist Portrait, photo by T. Maxwell Wagner.

Posted by Kim in Artist News, GISELLE HICKS ARTIST NEWS, News
LAUREN MABRY, The Boston Globe, June 1, 2019

LAUREN MABRY, The Boston Globe, June 1, 2019

The Boston Globe

The Ticket: What Happening in the local arts world

by Cate McQuaid

June 1, 2019

“Mabry’s radiantly abstract ceramics, covered with effusive gestures and protuberances dripping with colorful goop, look like pure play. In fact, they’re the product of scientific research and experiments concerning the fusion points between clay and glaze and the threshold between liquid and solid.”

-Cate McQuaid

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Lauren Mabry, “Molten Veil (Tall)”, 2019, red earthenware, slips, glaze, 15.5 x 10 x 3.5″.

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LAUREN MABRY, The Greylock Glass, June 2, 2019

LAUREN MABRY, The Greylock Glass, June 2, 2019

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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More info on Lauren Mabry HERE

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″.

 

Posted by Kim in Artist News, Blog, News
LAUREN MABRY, Berkshire Eagle, May 3, 2019

LAUREN MABRY, Berkshire Eagle, May 3, 2019

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″.

Posted by Kim in Artist News, Blog, News