Center for Contemporary Art and Culture

Tenuous Constructions

511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design

Mar 22 – Apr 14 // 2017

Part of NCECA’s 51st Annual Conference : Future Flux.

In the field of ceramics there has been a recent wave of new and adapted processes to convey ideas relevant to the contemporary world, which has become fast paced, unpredictable, yet, ironically, structured and monotonous. Tenuous Constructions focuses o exploration of combined methods, traditional with the experiential. These artists embrace the unpredictable, modify tradition, alter and develop new ideas, all while adding to the vast foundation of ceramics. Artists: Lauren Gallaspy, Ryan Labar, Amanda Salov and Chase Grover.

Free and open to the public: 11am - 6pm. Reception Friday, March 24, 5-8pm

Image: Chase Grover

As journey’s end for Lewis and Clark in the early 19th century, expedition and discovery have framed our imagination of the Pacific Northwest. As we pass beyond NCECA’s first fifty years, the interconnection of mind, materials, and transformation at the heart of ceramic process, art and education can serve as trail heads to our future. Our creative work in the 21st century increasingly engages with hybrid practices, issues of diversity, notions of community and dynamic change. How will more sustainable models of ceramic art and education continue to evolve? What are the essential competencies and capacities for ceramic artists and educators today and for the future? How can we continue to draw from rich historic traditions while reinvigorating their relevance in rapidly changing global societies? Portland, Oregon, a city of rivers, makers, and entrepreneurs is an ideal vantage point from which to investigate these questions and others. Join us at Future Flux and help transport us to the ways that ceramic art and education will continue to matter.