Photos and reporting by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL, 62035, USA. If you enjoyed this post, then give me a “like” on my Facebook page. There is additional information about Beachfront Pottery on my web site.
The “Putting It Together, 2” exhibit took place in the galleries of the Foundry Art Centre, in St Charles, Missouri. This exhibit was the second year the “Putting It Together” theme was used as the call for entry, so that’s why the number 2 appears in the title. This is the picture of the Foundry Art Centre entrance from the parking lot.
This is the view of the exhibit from the back side of the gallery space. The blue wall in the distance is the entry point.
The Call for Entry
Assemblage and collage involve the thoughtful combination of elements to create something new and original. Each process differs significantly when materials are chosen, collected, and combined with one another, however, the mentality of both techniques is to synthesize materials to produce a cohesive result. “Putting It Together 2: The Art of Assembling” will showcase assemblage and collage pieces alongside one another, combining both practices into an assembled collection of 2D and 3D artwork.
The Ceramic Art Pieces
My bowl was the only ceramic piece in the entire nationwide multimedia exhibit. It’s a big achievement, as there are tremendous competition for the attention of the jurying artist. On top of that this bowl won an “HONORABLE MENTION” recognition!!! This is the exhibit photo of the bowl. The narrative for this bowl: “In the 25th century some coastal settlements lost the knowledge and the capacity to make new ceramic items. For reasons only those people know, artist of that era started scavenging pottery fragments to stitch together somewhat functional ceramic items. These coastal areas were inundated by rising ocean levels, and these sites were excavated in the 27th century. That’s how these pieces came to light.”
This is the photo of the piece in my studio; the lighting is a little better.
The entire concept of including metal structures to connect ceramic fragments opens many new opportunities. I will be describing the construction process in a future post.
I also discovered that people react to the fact that the piece has a movement to it, as the pieces has the freedom to slide a little. New pieces will be coming about in the next few months.