GRADUATE STUDENT ALLYSON UNZICKER CURATES SHOW AT VINCENT PRICE ART MUSEUM

GRADUATE STUDENT ALLYSON UNZICKER CURATES SHOW AT VINCENT PRICE ART MUSEUM

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 13:02

Corporeal Impulse
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 8, 2014 | 4 PM - 6 PM
Exhibition Dates: January 21, 2014 - April 12, 2014
Vincent Price Art Museum

Corporeal Impulse is a group exhibition featuring five West Coast artists who work primarily in clay including Julia Haft-Candell, Matt Merkel Hess, Jeffry Mitchell, Kathleen Ryan and Bari Ziperstein. The exhibition focuses on the implications between clay and the body as both a cognitive and intuitive process. As a physically involved medium, clay is capable of recording the artist’s presence and affecting the viewer through its materiality, its handmade nature creating an empathetic appeal. The works explore ceramics sculpturally, challenging the inherent limitations of clay whilst critically engaging with its decorative history. From simplistic to complex forms, Corporeal Impulse investigates the body in clay through various contexts such as gender, identity, biological systems, and temporality thus denying a simple linear understanding of ceramics and instead proving its potentiality as a timeless medium.

Guest curated by Allyson Unzicker.

Image captions (l to r): 

Jeffry Mitchell, Basket with Two Skeletons, 2013, Glazed earthenware, 10.5 x 10 x 9.5" Image courtesy of the artist and Ambach & Rice Gallery 

Julia Haft-Candell, Toupee, 2013, Terracotta, wood, linen, 18 x 20 x 6" Image courtesy of the artist