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ARE WE THERE YET? Featured in the Berkshire Eagle

A JOURNEY IN CERAMICS

NORTH ADAMS — Sometimes, the only way to move forward is to look back.

Leslie Ferrin, director of Ferrin Contemporary, at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is doing just that with “Are We There Yet?” It’s an exhibition that is one-part retrospective, one part celebration. It’s a show about evolution, of transition.

It’s an introspective show, for Ferrin, who after 40-plus years in the ceramics market is pondering the next phase of Ferrin Contemporary.

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CERAMICS GALLERIST LESLIE FERRIN & “ARE WE THERE YET?” Featured in Rural Intelligence

“Are We There Yet?” opening at Ferrin Contemporary on July 15 is not just another Berkshire summer gallery exhibition. Well, it is and it’s not. Most works, including newly created pieces, are for sale. But some are on loan from private collectors and artist archives, which is odd for a commercial gallery —particularly one of this caliber. Ferrin Contemporary is renowned for its specialization in contemporary ceramics and introduction of living clay artists to a wider population of art appreciators and collectors.

But “Are We There Yet?” is a uniquely introspective exhibition for gallery owner Leslie Ferrin as well as the 20 participating artists and the community at large. You could call it a survey show, but not of a specific artist’s work. It’s a survey show of the gallery itself.”

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OUR AMERICA/WHOSE AMERICA? Featured in the Berkshire Eagle

Norman Rockwell’s illustrations with their “armies of perfectly imperfect girls” never resonated with artist Niki Johnson, a member of the “Atari 2600” generation, as they peered at her from porcelain commemorative plates that seemed to be everywhere during her youth — the pages of magazines, television screens, the walls of middle America’s homes.

And yet, some 30 years later, she would begin purchasing these commemorative plates, at thrift stores for just a few dollars each, tucking them away for a moment that felt right, for a project yet unrealized. Over a decade, she would amass a collection of a few hundred Rockwell plates, along with dozens of other motifs and designs featuring American landscapes, playing children, churches and historical landmarks, flora and fauna.

CRANK vases, installation view, 2019, Coiled Red Earthenware – Kid Tested Mother Approved, 13 x 13 x 22″

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Sergei Isupov’s Fire Sculpture & TurnPark Summer Event Featured in the Berkshire Eagle

“Two clay heads nestle cheek to cheek, hidden inside a tall outdoor wood-fired kiln that has burned since dawn. In the darkness of night, the sides of the kiln are lowered, like petals on a tulip, revealing a glowing red-hot 8-foot sculpture, flames licking at its base and shooting out of perforations in the form. Soon the kiln sides will close again, letting the artwork cool slowly before taking its place among the sculptures of TurnPark Art Space.

“Earth & Sky,” a rare fire sculpture by world-renowned Estonian/Ukrainian American artist Sergei Isupov…”

Sergei Isupov, “Fire Sculpture” Guildagergaard, July 2017. photo courtesy of Pricilla Mouritzen

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Sergei Isupov: PAST & PRESENT Featured in the Berkshire Eagle

“Sergei Isupov’s newest sculptures are tiny universes filled with never-ending narratives in the round.

There are men and women engaged in intimate conversations, traveling in cars and on foot; a mechanic fixes a car; a cat looms large in the background as a couple lounges on a lawn gazing skyward. In all there is an air of urgency; of waiting for the other shoe to drop; of hope.

The work, he insists, is not in response to the war in Kyiv, Ukraine, where his parents, a brother, live and work.

“I made all of this listening to the stories on the radio and talking to my parents every day about what they are going through…”

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MELTING POINT Featured in the Berkshire Eagle

“Pale pink ferns drip down the side of a cornucopia, pooling in glass puddles besides the melting statue. Amber Cowan’s “Cornucopia in Shell” is on view as part of “Melting Point” at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams.

Amber Cowan’s “Cornucopia in Shell” melts silently on a shelf in Ferrin Contemporary’s North Adams gallery. In New York City, at the Heller Gallery, her piece, “Fountain in Rosalene,” silently sits, its bright pink ferns and flowers drip and pool in the same manner. Although the pieces are hundreds of miles apart, they are part of the same show, “Melting Point,” a collaboration between Ferrin Contemporary and the Heller Gallery, featuring nearly 100 works by 22 artists in the two locations. …”

Artist Amber Cowan’s American pressed glass installation at Ferrin Contemporary, July 2021. Photo by John Polak.

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Steven Young Lee in the Oregon Artswatch, May 2019

Steven Young Lee in the Oregon Artswatch, May 2019

‘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

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PETER PINCUS Featured in The Berkshire Eagle, November 2, 2018

PETER PINCUS Featured in The Berkshire Eagle, November 2, 2018

PETER PINCUS: Channeling Josiah Wedgwood

November 10-December 29th, 2018

North Adams, MA

Artist Reception, November 10th 5-7pm.

“To better understand the work, I just had to make the work,” Pincus said. “I began with the Etruscan pot, his primary source for one of his objects; a calyx krater — a traditional wine-holding vessel. I looked very closely at Josiah’s reconsideration of that form, just trying to reproduce those objects; understanding what liberties I had and what things I had to stick to with the original source.”

-Peter Pincus

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“Not your grandmother’s Wedgwood …

Ceramic artist, scholar finds inspiration in Josiah Wedgwood’s work”

Peter Pincus, 'Ewers' 2018, colored porcelain, 10.5 x 6 x 6".

Peter Pincus, ‘Ewers’ 2018, colored porcelain, 10.5 x 6 x 6″.

By Jennifer Huberdeau

November 2, 2018

 

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BOUKE DE VRIES in Architectural Digest, October 17th, 2018

BOUKE DE VRIES in Architectural Digest, October 17th, 2018

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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THE REPORT

Bouke de Vries Reinterprets Spun-Sugar Centerpieces in a Stunning Show at the Wadsworth Atheneum

Bouke de Vries, "War and Pieces" 2018, Wadsworth Antheneum

Bouke de Vries, “War and Pieces” 2018, Wadsworth Antheneum

The Dutch ceramist uses antique porcelain to create sculptural forms

 

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BOUKE DE VRIES in the Hartford Courant, October 9, 2018

BOUKE DE VRIES in the Hartford Courant, October 9, 2018

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

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