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"Tools as Artifacts (detail)"
Lou Lynn, "Tools as Artifacts (detail)," 2008-10, glass and bronze. Photo credit, Janet Dwyer.
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Jen Aitken, "Components," 2011, pvc, spandex, vinyl, dimensions variable.
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Manga Ormolu, "ver. 4.0-b," 2008, ceramics, mixed media, 16”x8”x12”.
Materiality and craft methodologies feature prominently in the object-based works of the four artists, Jen Aitken, Lou Lynn, Brendan Lee Satish Tang, and Julie York in this exhibit entitled, Materially speaking. Ranging from emerging to senior practitioners, the artists employ traditional and non-traditional craft methodologies while working in clay, paper, textiles (including non-woven vinyl), bronze and glass. Their works foreground questions of labor, craft, skill and value while demonstrating how objects embody meaning and can speak to contemporary issues and narratives. While conceptually very different, all borrow from craft processes addressing ideas of history, functionality and materiality. An exhibition brochure including an essay by Nicole Burisch will be available at the opening. The exhibit continues until June 9, 2013. The artists will be in attendance at the reception.