January 22, 2016 - April 9, 2016
Clay objects are often associated with particular utilitarian and domestic purposes.
The long lasting association of ceramics with functionality engrains a tension
between craft and fine art. Dysfunction challenged this tension by asserting that
functionality might depend upon context rather than an absolute and fixed purpose.
Beginning with the exhibition’s title, a playful pun, Dysfunction presented artwork
varying from beautiful and precious to surreal and grotesque in an effort to initiate
a dialogue about our own assumptions concerning ceramics.
The crux of Dysfunction lay in the human tendency to categorize, organize, and
separate. Often, the language we use to understand and assess our experiences,
emotions, and objects narrow our ability to imagine larger possibilities for what
something (or someone) can be. Together, these ten artists represented a microcosm
of a larger artistic zeitgeist focused on questioning the social, political, and
economic forces that determine “proper function.”
EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Shae Bishop, Charlie Cunningham, Bech Evans, Leslie Fry,
Margaret Kinkeade, Julia Kunin, Roberto Lugo, Brooks Oliver, Jessica Putnam-Phillips,
and Christopher Vaughn
Thursday, February 18th: Tea Gathering with Bech Evans
Thursday, March 10th: Tea Gathering with Bech Evans
Thursday, March 24th: Dinner Gathering with Bech Evans
This exhibition is sponsored by Hotel Vermont.