paul scott news

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.

Posted by AxelJ in News, Press Coverage
Paul Scott’s New American Scenery Featured in The Guardian

Paul Scott’s New American Scenery Featured in The Guardian

Posted by AxelJ in News, Press Coverage

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″

Posted by AxelJ in News, Press Coverage

SOUVENIR OF SELMA | PAUL SCOTT | New American Scenery

SOUVENIR OF SELMA | PAUL SCOTT | New American Scenery | MLK | Notes from director, Leslie Ferrin

“Let us march on ballot boxes until the salient misdeeds of bloodthirsty mobs will be transformed into the calculated good deeds of orderly citizens.”
Martin Luther King, March 25, 1965, Montgomery, Alabama

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, we are sharing Paul Scott‘s “Souvenir of Selma” currently on view at RISD Museum in Providence, RI. The piece is featured in New American Scenery, presented in the newly renovated porcelain room as one of the solo exhibitions in the museum-wide exhibition, “Raid the Icebox Now”.

The central image on the plate was taken on 7 March 2018, when Paul took part in a commemorative march in Selma, Alabama. The annual event commemorates 1965’s ‘Bloody Sunday’ when a group of 525 unarmed civil rights protesters met to promote black voter registration and to protest the killing of Jimmie Lee Jackson by a state trooper during a February voter registration march in a nearby city. As the group, including children, marched peacefully across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, they were met with unprovoked brutality as State Troopers, Sheriff’s deputies and a horse-mounted posse attacked, gassed and beat them. Media coverage of the event shocked the world and ultimately led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Paul’s plate is a bittersweet ‘souvenir’, though. While the front images act to commemorate the ultimately positive outcomes of the original march, he qualifies it, using a quote by acclaimed photo-journalist Chris Arnade, who asserts that although undoubtedly a symbol of past civil rights victories, Selma’s current state also demonstrates ongoing civil rights failures.

Looking deeper on this day that honors King’s legacy, his speech from over 50 years ago reminds us of what issues remain and the importance of the ballot in this election year.

“Yes, we are on the move and no wave of racism can stop us. (Yes, sir) We are on the move now. The burning of our churches will not deter us. (Yes, sir) The bombing of our homes will not dissuade us. (Yes, sir) We are on the move now. (Yes, sir) The beating and killing of our clergymen and young people will not divert us. We are on the move now. (Yes, sir) The wanton release of their known murderers would not discourage us. We are on the move now. (Yes, sir) Like an idea whose time has come, (Yes, sir) not even the marching of mighty armies can halt us. (Yes, sir) We are moving to the land of freedom. (Yes, sir) … Let us march on ballot boxes, (Let’s march) march on ballot boxes until race-baiters disappear from the political arena.

Let us march on ballot boxes until the salient misdeeds of bloodthirsty mobs (Yes, sir) will be transformed into the calculated good deeds of orderly citizens. (Speak, Doctor)

Let us march on ballot boxes (Let us march) until the Wallaces of our nation tremble away in silence.

Let us march on ballot boxes (Let us march) until we send to our city councils (Yes, sir), state legislatures, (Yes, sir) and the United States Congress, (Yes, sir) men who will not fear to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God.

Let us march on ballot boxes (Let us march. March) until brotherhood becomes more than a meaningless word in an opening prayer, but the order of the day on every legislative agenda.

Let us march on ballot boxes (Yes) until all over Alabama God’s children will be able to walk the earth in decency and honor.”

 

Click HERE  to hear Martin Luther King’s speech in Montgomery, March 25, 1965.

Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s), New American Scenery, Souvenir of Selma, AL. In-glaze screen print (decal) on salvaged Syracuse China with pearlware glaze, 30cm dia. Paul Scott 2019.

 

 

PAUL SCOTT: New American Scenery

 

New American Scenery  juxtaposes early 19th-century Staffordshire ceramic transferwares drawn from the shelves of the RISD Museum storage with new artworks by Paul Scott, Cumbrian Blue(s). Replacing the porcelain works typically on view in the newly renovated Lucy Truman Aldrich gallery, New American Scenery melds historic printed tablewares, altered antique ceramics, and reclaimed Syracuse China plates with new screenprints updating early transferware subjects for the 21st century.

New American Scenery is first presented in Raid The Icebox Now at RISD Museum, Providence RI from September 13, 2019- September 6, 2020.

New American Scenery will be presented in an expanded exhibition at Albany Institute of Art & History, Albany, NY from September 16, 2020- January 3, 2021.

RISD Museum, Providence, RI
in Raid The Icebox Now
on view through September 6, 2020.

Click HERE for more.

ClickHERE to inquire.

 

Photographs of Artwork by John Polak; Interior photography by Erik Gould

 

ABOUT PAUL SCOTT

 

Paul Scott is an English artist who lives and works in Cumbria, UK. He appropriates traditional blue and white transferwares to make contemporary artwork for 21st-century audiences. At the same time, he commemorates and celebrates a rich, complex historical genre that is inextricably linked to wider visual and political cultures. Alturas Foundation supported the creation of New American Scenery as part of its Artist In Residence program. Other funders included Arts Council EnglandFerrin Contemporary and RISD Museum.

 

Posted by AxelJ in Blog, NOTES FROM DIRECTOR
Paul Scott’s Valuable Lessons, Arteidolia, December 2019

Paul Scott’s Valuable Lessons, Arteidolia, December 2019

Paul Scott’s Valuable Lesson

Arteidolia

by Lyn Horton, December 2019

“Artists are compelled in days, months and years of global confusion to apply their own language to construct their individual perspectives for the purpose of clarifying and pointing out for an audience, most often specifically, what is happening.

Ceramic artist, an Englishman from Cumbria, Paul Scott has seized upon the opportunity to fulfill that purpose. Scott is thoroughly versed in the history and the studio actualization of transferware. Transferware is so close to our existence that we can barely notice it. It is the art form that has become the “souvenir” to make memories of places tangible. These objects can be collected and displayed to document one’s travels, experiences, and predilections…”

continue reading HERE

More about Paul Scott and New American Scenery.

Paul Scott, “Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s), New American Scenery, Belle Island Bridge, Detroit” 2019, in-glaze screen print (decal) on salvaged Syracuse China with pearlware glaze, 11 x 11 x 1″.

Posted by AxelJ in News, Press Coverage
Decor Arts Now: “Friday Field Trip: New York Ceramics & Glass Fair”

Decor Arts Now: “Friday Field Trip: New York Ceramics & Glass Fair”

Lynn Byrne of Decor Art Now says, “I love this show because it is so intimate and colorful, plus it celebrates the best of old and new wares. Often times the contemporary artists are present to discuss their creations, usually with great passion… “One of my favorite aspects of the New York Ceramics & Glass Fair this year is a special exhibition, entitled Mended Ways.” She features work by Stephen Bowers, Bouke de Vries, and Paul Scott.

Click here to read full article.

Click here to view more work by Stephen Bowers.

Click here to view more work by Bouke de Vries.

Click here to view more work by Paul Scott.

Click here to view more work in “Mended Ways.”

 

Posted by AxelJ in Artist News, News, Press Coverage
Maine Antique Digest: Paul Scott in “Historical Accommodations”

Maine Antique Digest: Paul Scott in “Historical Accommodations”

“Historical Accommodations” by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond
from Maine Antique Digest Oct. 5, 2015

“Several months ago, Robert Hunter, editor of Ceramics in America and photographer extraordinaire, posted a Paul Scott platter on his Facebook page. Scott has ‘a penchant for rescuing cast-offs…[and] using them as a canvas for biting social commentary,'” Click here to read full article.

Click here to see more of Paul Scott’s work.

Posted by AxelJ in Artist News, News, Press Coverage
New York Ceramics & Glass Fair 2016

New York Ceramics & Glass Fair 2016

Ferrin Contemporary presents Paul Scott in “Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s): American Scenery” at the New York Ceramics & Glass Fair 2016.

Public Lecture: January 22, 2pm
Join us for a lecture by artist, author, and curator Paul Scott and Bouke de Vries, artist and restorer. Both artists will present images of their current work and discuss the intentional use of restoration methods in ceramics to create contemporary works of sculpture and design.
The lecture will be introduced and discussion moderated by dealer and expert in contemporary ceramics, Leslie Ferrin, Director of Ferrin Contemporary, who will present an overview of works by contemporary artists who use these methods in their practice.

New York Ceramics & Glass Fair 2016
January 21–24, 2016
Bohemian Hall
321 East 73rd Street
New York, NY

 

Posted by AxelJ in Events, News, Past events