FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE through September 17, 2016
Media Contact: Dominique Mason
Clay Art Center is pleased to present Freshly Funk, a solo exhibition featuring the sculptural works of emerging New York artist Lauren Skelly, running July 23- September 17, 2016. Freshly Funk features a site-specific installation and other abstract sculptural works exploring landscape, color and texture. The opening reception is Saturday, July 23, 6-8pm. Admission is free and open to the public.
This exhibition was awarded to Skelly by a sub committee comprised of four esteemed New York curators Glenn Adamson, Barry Harwood, David McFadden and Jennifer Scanlan for her work entitled, “Cracked & Stacked.” Skelly’s work was included in a reginal juried exhibition curated by Leslie Ferrin of Ferrin Contemporary titled Tristate of Mind, held at Clay Art Center in early January 2016 as part of their year-long focus on clay’s integral role in New York art, architecture and design, entitled IN OUR BACKYARD. Tristate of Mind celebrated the work of 17 emerging ceramic artists working within a 75-mile radius of Clay Art Center.
Skelly forges new rules by combining, collaging, and conglomerating abstract forms that allude to landscape, decorative arts, and a mixed sense of place. Seeing the New York landscape as an organized chaos, she pulls inspiration from both rural and urban environments – from The MET’s china exhibition to the beach on Long Island. Skelly uses diverse materials from traditional ceramic glaze to neon flocking and metallic luster, an assemblage of color and surface to create a coral reef of modular forms. Her large-scale installation, Awkward Beauty, will be featured where modular (but individually unique) sculptures will fill the gallery for an array of texture, color, and form that spreads amorphously across the space.
About her work Lauren states:
“I am drawn to the chase; the need to explore surfaces across mediums and emulate found textures in clay. I consider myself an explorer, seeking new ways of layering, swirling, forcing, bending, breaking and reusing surfaces. A conversation between elements of nature emerges from my practice: flora, fauna, rocks, and the tooled objects made by man are called to mind. In combining them, I forge a new perspective of these elements.
My initial experiments are full of uncontrolled finds; small sparks created by chance, that leads into more controlled understandings in future sculpture. From the knowledge I attain, I make intentional decisions regarding textural surfaces, glazes, slips and clay applications, truly changing the context of the piece from a study to a solution. I respond to changes and observe balance in my work, seeking to push an uneasy tension between materials and form. Each new sculpture is a moment, something new that has been achieved or understood, taking me further into my experience of my studio practice.”
In 2015, Skelly received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design with a concentration in Ceramics. Skelly studied at Adelphi University, from 2008-2014 where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts degrees. Lauren received the Thomas McNulty Award for Excellence in Sculpture in May 2012. Skelly has attended a variety of workshops and apprentice opportunities throughout the United States and in Italy. Skelly has exhibited her work nationally, including the Rhode Island School of Design, Adelphi University, Chico Gallery, and Blue Line Gallery. In 2015 she organized “Of Earth”, a fifteen person exhibit in Rhode Island that was concurrent to the annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference. She holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and maintains a studio in Long Island, NY.
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Clay Art Center is a nationally recognized non-profit center for the advancement and practice of ceramic arts offering exhibitions, clay classes for adults and children, studio spaces for clay artists and outreach programs in the community. It is located in the heart of Port Chester at 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY 10573. Gallery and SHOP hours are Monday through Friday, 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-4pm or by appointment. For more information or images, please contact Dominique Mason, Communications Manager of Clay Art Center at [email protected] or 914-937-2047 x226
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