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Schein-Joseph Ceramic Museum features ‘New Morphologies’
1/31/13

“New Morphologies,” an exhibit curated by Alfred University (AU) alumnus Del Harrow and sculptor Stacy Jo Scott, featuring eight nationally and internationally known ceramic artists will be displayed in AU’s Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art Thursday, Feb. 7 through Friday, April 5.

“New Morphologies” highlights work that emerges from the encounter between the physical materiality of ceramic objects and the ephemerality of digital information.

There will be a museum reception on opening day from 4:30-6 p.m. A curator’s gallery talk will be held Friday, Feb. 8, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The reception and gallery talk are open to the public free of charge.

There is also a workshop in conjunction with the exhibition. Artist Dries Verbruggen of the design group Unfold will be doing a 3-D printing workshop. The workshop is funded by Marcianne Mapel Miller Fund for Ceramic Art and Robert R. McComsey Career Development Center. The workshop, open to the public, will take place on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in FlexSpace, Senior Ceramics Area, the McGee Art Pavillion near Harder Hall.

The Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, located on the top floor of Binns-Merrill Hall, is open Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“New Morphologies” is funded by Friends of the Museum; a planned exhibit catalog will be funded by the Marcianne Mapel Miller Fund for Ceramic Art.

Harrow ’05 is based in Fort Collins, CO where he is an assistant professor of art at Colorado State University. He has taught and lectured at Penn State University, The University of Colorado, AU, and Harvard University Graduate School of Design.  His work has been recently shown at the annual conference for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

Scott graduated from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. Based in Oakland, CA, she is a member of the Craft Mystery Cult Performance collaborative, a group tracing the relationship of object materiality and human interaction.  Her recent works include “The Hapticon of the Craft Mystery Cult” at Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center in Chicago, and “After the Pedestal” at the Sculpture Center in Cleveland.

“New Morphologies" featured artists include Sharan Elran, Andy Brayman, Stephanie Syjuco (United States); Unfold in collaboration with Jonathan Keep (UK), Eran Gal-Or (Israel), and Mustafa Canyurt (Turkey); Geoffrey Mann (Scotland); and Anton Reijnders (the Netherlands).

AU alumnus Brayman ’98 has made a name for himself by mixing experience working with decals, professional quality manufacturing processes and physical and conceptual skill. Brayman fits into this exhibit as someone who has, since the inception of his factory-studio the MatterFactory in Kansas City, KS been pushing to meld the artistic and industrial worlds.

Alfred University ceramics as a formally taught field of study is well over 100 years old. Since its inception, technological innovation has always gone hand-in-hand with the craft. So complementary was the relationship that now it is possible to have a made object without a human hand in it at all. “New Morphologies” confronts the loss of human articulation and feel as the craft has progressed into ubiquitous computerization.  All artists exhibited are concerned with discovering a new middle ground between machine-made and man-made product.

The Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic art features over 8,000 pieces ranging from small shards of recovered history to great pieces of contemporary American and international art.