Lauren Mabry

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
LAUREN MABRY | Nature/Nurture | Cylinders & Flow Blocks
ANINA MAJOR | Nature/Nurture | No Vacancy in Paradise
CRYSTAL MOREY | Nature/Nurture | Museum Acquisitions
MARA SUPERIOR | Nature/Nurture | Museum Acquisitions
TRICIA ZIMIC | Nature/Nurture | Sins & Virtues
RAE STERN | Nature/Nurture | In Fugue

READ MORE HERE.

MORE ON THE ARTISTS

*ADDITIONAL ARTIST PROFILES BEING COMPOSED AS THE SERIES UNFOLDS*
CHECK BACK FOR MORE ON:

Giselle Hicks
Kadri Pärnamets
Sally Silberberg
Linda Sikora
Linda Sormin

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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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More about LAUREN MABRY here

 

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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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″.

 

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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″.

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LAUREN MABRY in Arteidolia, May 2019

LAUREN MABRY in Arteidolia, May 2019

‘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

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Year in Review 2015

Year in Review 2015

YEAR IN REVIEW 2015

A review of last year’s highlights and trends with special thanks to all who made it possible with their art, interest, encouragement, and support.

Click here to view the YEAR IN REVIEW 2015.

The trend of international artists creating contemporary works embedded into centers of industrial porcelain production continues to grow. Our special exhibition of contemporary porcelain made in Jingdezhen, China was presented at the New York Ceramic & Glass Fair, New York, NY.

Julie Bartholomew, Caroline Cheng, Sam Chung, Future Retrieval (Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis), Sin-ying Ho, Garth Johnson, Paul Mathieu, Paul Scott, Robert Silverman, and Vipoo Srivilasa

Read more… Darryl Wee in Blouin Art Info

MUSEUM ACQUISITIONS

American museums are actively acquiring contemporary ceramics created from 1950 to the present through purchases of masterworks from private collections and the milestones by artists at mid-career.

Kurt Weiser, "Pair of Cubist Vases (2)" 2013, porcelain, cobalt pigment, glaze, 23.5 x 12 x 10".

THE POTTERS TALE

Contextualizing 6,000 Years of Ceramics
Mount Holyoke College Museum
South Hadley, MA
A collection survey with contemporary artists
Sin-ying Ho
Steven Young Lee
Paul Scott
Kurt Weiser
image: Kurt Weiser, Pair of Cubist Vases, permanent collection of Mount Holyoke Art Museum

Read more… Holly Davis in Maine Antique Digest

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum:
(right) George Inness, American (1825-1894), "Saco Ford: Conway Meadows" 1876,
oil on canvas.
(center top) Homer Dodge Martin, American (1836-1897), "A Glimpse of Lake Placid," 1887, oil on canvas.
(center bottom) Paul Scott, "Scott's Cumbrian Blue(s), American Scenery, Hudson River, Indian Point No. 4, " 2015, ceramic transfer decal. 
(left) Albert Bierstadt, American (1830-1902), "Hetch Hetchy Canyon," 1875, oil on canvas

PAUL SCOTT
Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Mount Holyoke Art Museum, S. Hadley, MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ
RISD Art Museum, Providence, RI
The Chipstone Foundation, Milwaukee, WI

JASON WALKER SOLO EXHIBITIONS

walker 2015

On the River, Down the Road
solo exhibition
Bellevue Arts Museum
Bellevue, WA

Bridge 13
solo exhibition
Society for Contemporary Craft
Pittsburgh, PA

Read more… Anthony Stellacio in C-FILE

NCECA CONFERENCE IN PROVIDENCE, RI

NCECA 2015

NCECA COLLECTORS TOUR
March 2015: All around Providence and environs led by Leslie Ferrin and Paul Sacaridiz in the annual, behind-the-scenes tour of private collections, museum exhibitions, and gallery shows in conjunction with the National Council on Education in Ceramic Arts.

“I’m goin’ to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come.”  Read more… NCECA March 2016

Sergei Isupov, "Beneath the Sky Giants" detail, 2015, porcelain, slip, glaze, 32 x 14 x 15".

HISTORY INFORMS CONTEMPORARY
This year’s NCECA conference exhibitions in New England took full advantage of the exploding trend of showing contemporary art in historic contexts by artists who use history to inform their contemporary art practice.

OF EARTH & SEA: Contemporary Artists Respond to the New Bedford Whaling Museum Collection
group show including Sergei Isupov
New Bedford Whaling Museum
New Bedford, MA

PAUL SCOTT & ANDREW RAFTERY: Transferware Scenery — Gardens, Bridges, Trucks, Turbines, and Willows

Paul Scott
Andrew Raftery
Benson Hall Gallery
Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, RI

MASTERS MATTER

There is a lineage among artists working in clay. Our summer exhibition, GLAZED & DIFFUSED, is the first of a series curated by Leslie Ferrin to explore multigenerational trends in contemporary ceramics. The 2015 survey focused on color theory and abstract expressionism and presented works for sale from the secondary market side by side with important works by emerging and established mid-career artists.

GLAZED & DIFFUSED
Ferrin Contemporary
1315 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA
group show
Ramon 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, Betty Woodman

Read more… Brook Mason in Wallpaper*

A DYNASTY CONTINUES

Sergei Isupov, Russian, born in Ukraine into a well-known family of artists, worked in his parents’ studios until he left home at age 11 for full-time art school.  He continues the tradition in the USA by working in the studio he shares with his wife and daughter.

FAMILY AFFAIR
Sergei Isupov, Kadri Pärnamets, Roosi Isupov

Ferrin Contemporary
1315 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA

BLUE AND WHITE

A never ending trend. The powerful visual result of applying cobalt to porcelain continues to inspire artists and curators, and influence design. In addition to ceramics, Laurent de Verneuil curated this important traveling exhibition that included painting, photography, styrofoam, and video.

MY BLUE CHINA
Foundation Bernadaud, Limoges, France
Museum Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland
group show including
Sin-ying Ho
Caroline Slotte
Bouke de Vries

Read more…. Bill Rodgers in C-FILE

MASTERS MATTER

There is a lineage among artists working in clay. Our summer exhibition, GLAZED & DIFFUSED, is the first of a series curated by Leslie Ferrin to explore multigenerational trends in contemporary ceramics. The 2015 survey focused on color theory and abstract expressionism and presented works for sale from the secondary market side by side with important works by emerging and established mid-career artists.

GLAZED & DIFFUSED
Ferrin Contemporary
1315 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA
group show
Ramon 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, Betty Woodman

Read more… Brook Mason in Wallpaper*

INSTAGRAM

#ferrincontemporaryontheroad

Follow along as we travel to present lectures, attend art fairs, visit private and public collections and go behind the scenes in museum storage. In 2015, we thank our hosts in Vancouver, Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Atlanta, Asheville, Penland, Sparta, Charlotte, London, Cumbria, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Washington, New Haven, and of course, New York City.

Trending, now official, #clayiseverywhere

CRISTINA CÓRDOVA

solo exhibition

Ferrin Contemporary introduced Cristina Córdova to the international art scene in Miami with new sculpture and painting.  One of the most recognized international figural sculptors working today and a recipient of the USA artist fellowship, her schedule in 2016 is set: studio time, new equipment, and a solo exhibition.

Read more… Bill Rodgers in C-FILE

THANKS TO ARTISTS, FRIENDS, & COLLEAGUES

ARTISTS
Ralph Bacerra
Julie Bartholomew
Robin Best
Stephen Bowers
Caroline Cheng
Sam Chung
Cristina Córdova
Claire Cureen
Bouke de Vries
Richard Dillingham
Raymon Elozua
Viola Frey
Future Retrieval
Giselle Hicks
Sin-Ying Ho
Sergei Isupov
Garth Johnson
Jun Kaneko
Jae Yong Kim
Steven Young Lee
Lauren Mabry
Paul Mathieu
Sara Moorhouse
Ron Nagle
George Ohr
Frances Palmer
Kadri Pärnamets
Peter Pincus
Andrew Raftery
Paul Scott
Robert Silverman
Caroline Slotte
Linda Sormin
Vipoo Srivilasa
Mara Superior
Toshiko Takaezu
Jason Walker
Kurt Weiser
Beatrice Wood
Betty Woodman
Read more…

PARTNERS IN ART
Abmeyer & Wood Fine Art, Seattle, WA
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Ariana Museum, Geneva, Switzerland
Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
Benson Hall Gallery at RISD, Providence, RI
Bernadaud, Limoges, France
Blue Coat Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Blue Line, Roseville, CA
Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA
Ceramic Research Center, ASU, Tempe, AZ
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Concord Art Association, Concord, MA
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
Cross MacKenzie Fine Arts, Washington, DC
Cynthia-Reeves, North Adams, MA
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO
David Austin Art Projects Inc., Palm Desert, CA
David Nolan Gallery, New York, NY
Deedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA
Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR
George Adams Gallery, New York, NY
The Grocery Store Gallery, Mountaindale, NY
Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA
Hunterdon Art Museum, Hunterdon, NJ
Jack Shainman Gallery, Kinderhook, NY
Kasher | Potamkin Gallery, New York, NY
Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA
MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa, AZ
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA
New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA
New York Ceramic & Glass Fair, New York, NY
Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ
PULSE Miami
Rago Arts & Auction Center, Lambertville, NJ
RISD Museum of Art, Providence, RI
Sienna Patti Contemporary, Lenox, MA
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
Waterfall Mansion, New York, NY
William Shearborn Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

IN SUPPORT OF CREATIVITY
Alturas Foundation, San Antonio, TX
AMACO Indianapolis, IN
Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT
Artist Legacy Foundation, Oakland, CA
Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, Asheville, NC
Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Craft Emergency Relief Fund, Montpelier, VT
International Academy of Ceramics
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, MCLA, North Adams, MA
National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Boulder, CO
Office for the Arts at Harvard, Ceramics Program, Allston, MA
Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
Placer Community Foundation, Auburn, CA
Sheffield Pottery, Sheffield, MA
Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME

MEDIA
American Craft
The Art of Inventive Repair
(Andrew Baseman)
Artsy Guide
Asian in NY
Blouin Art Info
C-FILE
Ceramic Art & Perception
Ceramic Review
Ceramics Monthly
The China Press
Crafts Magazine
DXV American Standard
(Lynn Bryne)
Hi Fructose
Hyperallergic
Juxtapose
Maine Antique Digest

New York Observer (culture)
New York Times: Art & Design
Rogovoy Report
Rural Intelligence
The Studio Potter
Take Magazine
Tondo
Wallpaper
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Read more…

LECTURE HOSTS
Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada
Founders Circle, Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC
Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Skælskør, Denmark
Oslo Academy of Fine Arts, KHIO, Oslo, Norway
Royal College of Art, London, UK
University of the Arts, Central St. Martins, London, UK

IN REMEMBERANCE
Candice Groot
Anne Wollman

FERRIN CONTEMPORARY TEAM
Donald Clark
Jake Czaja
Dan Farrell
Alexandra Jelleberg
Bill Kelly
John Polak
Melissa Post
Rebecca Weinman
Lynn Zimmerman

PROJECT ART
June Ferrin
Chase Gamblin
Roosi Isupov
Sergei Isupov
Alexandra Jelleberg
Bradley Klem
Kadri Pärnamets
Paul Scott
Graeme Sloan
Lucy Sloan

Posted by REBECCA WEINMAN in Blog, GISELLE HICKS ARTIST NEWS
Artsy Guide to Art in the Berkshires

Artsy Guide to Art in the Berkshires

Artsy Magazine Your Daytrip Guide to the Art of the Berkshires
The July 15, 2015 editorial in Artsy Magazine lists the “six stops not to miss” on your art tour of the Berkshires. Among them are FERRIN CONTRMPORARY and CYNTHIA-REEVES galleries.
Click here to read full article.

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GLAZED & DIFFUSED

GLAZED & DIFFUSED

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.

Click here to read more or download press release.

Click here to view artwork in the exhibit.

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