Surface: The Handcrafted Object

Event Date: 

Friday, September 12, 2014 to Friday, December 12, 2014

Event Date Details: 

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 2, 2014; 5:30-7:30pm

This exhibition brings together handcrafted sculptures that highlight the enduring appeal of objects that emphasize process and materials. These works demonstrate the primary role of the artist in every aspect of their production, from conception through execution. Will Simons, CCS ‘09, approaches the material as an artist, using his own practice and aesthetic as his curatorial inspiration. He has also considered the University’s celebrated ceramics and foundry programs, no longer extant, which fostered the use of many traditional techniques in innovative ways. Artists in the exhibition include former UCSB faculty and students such as Rollin Fortier, Yoshiro Ikeda, Sheldon Kaganoff, Robert Thomas and others, as well as such internationally known artists as: Robert Arneson, Magdalene Odundo, George Rickey and Beatrice Wood.

Image: Robert Arneson, Ear Brick, 1968, ceramic with partial glaze, 4¾ x 14½ x 3¼ in. Ruth S. Schaffner Collection. Photo by Tony Mastres.

Image: Robert Arneson, Ear Brick, 1968, ceramic with partial glaze, 4¾ x 14½ x 3¼ in. Ruth S. Schaffner Collection. Photo by Tony Mastres.