Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sijia Chen MFA Thesis Show

Visiting artist Yamini Nayar

Patterns of Consumption
April 2-15th • Atrium Gallery • Tyler School of Art • 2001 N. 13th Street

The act of consuming is a factor in each of our daily lives - from our first sip of coffee in the morning to turning off the lights at night. Patterns of Consumption is an exhibition of contemporary artworks that explore consumer culture, drawing from a visual vocabulary of craft-based materials, forms, and techniques. “Consumption” has multiple meanings here, referencing the economic exchange of merchandise, the use of fuel, and the ingestion of food and drink. Likewise, “pattern” references patterns used in forming and decorating art and objects, as well as patterns within economies. The resulting installation is a conversation between past and present.

Curator Heather Gibson, a design historian, chose contemporary artworks that resonate with the past. “Each of these artists,” notes Gibson “possesses a strong command of their chosen medium – clay, metal, and plaster bas relief. Their contemporary ideas are informed by their understanding of material, and how that material has been used historically.” The result is a richly layered commentary on how civilized society uses material goods, energy, food and drink.

Heather Gibson teaches History of Modern Craft and Design at the Tyler School of Art. She also serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Drexel University and Research Assistant at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Related event:
Art History lecture “The Art of Politics” on the intertwined history of ceramics and politics by artist Michelle Erickson to be held April 6th at 3:30pm in Tyler School of Art room B004.

Exhibition web site: 

Lindsay Wraga MFA Thesis Exhibition

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Emily Davidson MFA Thesis Exhibition

Souvenir/Here runs March 30-April 2; opening reception April 1, 6-9 pm at Temple Gallery. Davidson exhibits in conjunction with Ashlee Ferlito's YES. and Matthew Ziemke's Resisting Structure Within Order. Davidson and Ferlito will exhibit photography and painting; Ziemke's show will install ceramic sculpture.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Woot! makes Philadelphia Weekly

Roberta Fallon reviews the Second Year MFA Exhibition, entitled Woot! at the Crane Arts Building

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Amber Cowan to Speak at The 2011 International Flameworking Conference.

Amber Cowan, a 2nd year graduate student in the Tyler Glass program will be giving a lecture and demonstration at the 2011 International Flameworking Conference on March 20. The conference will take place at The Paul J. Stankard Studio and Lab at Salem Community College in Carneys Point, New Jersey. Other presenters include Gianni Toso, Laura Donefer, and Sally Prasch.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011