PETER PINCUS

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ABOUT

(b. 1982 Rochester, NY, lives and works in Penfield, NY)

Peter Pincus is well known for work that combines exquisite form and intense color through porcelain vessels and tile compositions. Driven by inquiry, his practice blends color theory, the history of decorative arts and cutting-edge technical experimentation in ceramics. As an artist and designer, Pincus continues to garner national attention for his research-based practice that includes the Wedgwood collection at the Birmingham Museum of Art (AL) and, most recently, an examination of several conceptual works by Sol LeWitt at MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA).

Represented by Ferrin Contemporary since 2015, Pincus has participated in multiple exhibitions, including Glazed & Diffused (2015), Revive, Remix, Respond (2018), and two solo exhibitions, PETER PINCUS: Channeling Josiah Wedgwood (2018) and ART IN THE AGE OF INFLUENCE: Peter Pincus | Sol LeWitt (2020). Pincus has exhibited widely at galleries, art fairs and museums throughout the US. His work can be found in numerous private and public collections including the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art (Sedalia, MO), Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, NY), The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX), ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center (Tempe, AZ), Schien-Joseph International Museum (Alfred, NY) and The Arkansas Arts Center (Little Rock, AR). Pincus is the recipient of the Lewis Comfort Tiffany Award in 2017.

Pincus received both his BFA (2005) and MFA (2011) from Alfred University, Alfred, NY. He has been a resident artist at the Mendocino Art Center in Mendocino, CA and Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT, taught at Haystack School Mountain School of Craft and worked at the Genesee Center for Arts and Education in Rochester, NY as the Studio Manager and Resident Artist Coordinator. In Fall 2014, Peter joined the faculty as Assistant Professor of Art at the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology.

PETER PINCUS

ON HIS WORK

As an early career ceramic artist, I am part of a lively and rapidly changing conversation in which the worlds of art, craft, and design are increasingly defined not only by their distinctions, but also by their similarities and relationships to one another. There is tremendous meaning in the transcendence of the pot to engage in all of these ideologies; object of substantial craftsmanship, object of use, object of design intellect, and object of conceptual metaphor.

I produce three-dimensional paintings out of pots. The big challenge is to study and make objects that have a distinct location in the home, using our familiarity toward them to instigate new discussions about the role of the vessel in our place and time. I focus on containers that are status symbols saved for special occasions, generally deemed distinct because of the value of what they hold rather than for what they are. But to me, in between such occasions, they become canvases that visually illustrate the defining spirit of the times. They are useful as well as opulent. But they can be so much more.  —Peter Pincus

ON ART IN THE AGE OF INFLUENCE: Peter Pincus | Sol Lewitt

“There is a big difference between being influenced by and being in conversation with. As an artist and educator, I am eager to acknowledge those who have elevated my thinking through their work, and to consciously engage with influence as a productive, and insightful element of studio practice. This exhibition is an opportunity to celebrate LeWitt’s approach to making as a foundation, from which I can challenge myself to see new things and grow.” – Peter Pincus

ON PETER PINCUS: CHANNELING JOSIAH WEDGWOOD

Obsession—not mine but Josiah Wedgwood’s—was the impetus for Peter Pincus: Channeling Josiah Wedgwood. The eighteenth-century English potter and entrepreneur was determined to patent the reproduction process of Etruscan pottery. His drive to claim intellectual ownership over these ancient vessels is one of his many fixations that brought me to Birmingham, Alabama and the Dwight and Lucille Beeson Wedgwood Collection at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

In examining the work I began to understand the diversity of thought and skill involved in Wedgwood’s pottery production. I concluded that the best way to understand fully his obsession was to combine intellectual understanding and the making process by mimicking his mimicry.

This exhibition is an extension of my lectures and discussions on Wedgwood’s innovative thinking as it related to clay and the Industrial Revolution and how that could serve as a context for viewing contemporary ceramics, culture, and technology. This body of work is a preliminary attempt to challenge myself by consciously linking this study of history with my creative practice.

CURRENT + RECENT EXHIBITIONS

PETER PINCUS: Channeling Josiah Wedgwood

PETER PINCUS: Channeling Josiah Wedgwood November 10–December 29, 2018 Reception and Artist Talk, Saturday, November 10, 5- 7pm Download Press Release Ferrin Contemporary presents PETER PINCUS: Channeling Josiah Wedgwood, a...

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Peter Pincus Featured in the Berkshire Eagle

Ceramics artist draws inspiration from LeWitt retrospective Berkshire Eagle, Jennifer Huberdeau July 12, 2020 "A day spent exploring in the Sol LeWitt retrospective at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art has...

UPCOMING EVENTS

FALL & WINTER WITH FERRIN CONTEMPORARY   FERRIN CONTEMPORARY, located on the campus of MASS MoCA, lies in the heart of the Berkshires. The gallery is located at 1315 MASS...

CERAMICS ARE EVERYWHERE

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...

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