September 2020 – Jessie Van der Laan

absorption

Description

Selections from an ongoing series of drawings by Jessie Van der Laan, examining the simultaneous joys and burdens of motherhood, reflected through natural and constructed landscapes.

November 2020 – Bryan Wilkerson

Bryan Wilkerson

Description

My studio practice is a constellation of activities; one work informing the next in cycles of radiating, perpetual motion. Ceramics and designing projects for the public sphere drive me, creating new in-roads to utilizing drawing, painting, video, emergent technologies, and radical visual communications strategies. My creativity is tied to mobility creating a work in constant progress.
Playing with humor and irony while exploring traditional pottery (as my foil, or audience plant), I’m designing a new universe, building a cast of whimsical characters that retain their functionality as usable vessels. As J.F. Sebastian offers in Blade Runner, “These are my friends. I make them”. Each object is uniquely sculpted and meticulously hand-painted after beginning its formation on a potter’s wheel. Collectible, kitschy, nostalgic, and completely foreign. My work often feels like a memory of an imaginary land you’ve never visited. A place where Frankenberry visits a world of yetis to the lingering sound of a nearby ice cream truck, it’s engine sputtering in the hot Tennessee sun. The rev of an engine, spinning pottery wheels, decals, spray paint, and sweat.

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