Ceramic art pieces in the At the Surface exhibit

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 Venue

The Foundry Art Centre in St Charles, Missouri.


The “At the Surface” exhibit took place from March 23 to May 5, 2018 at the Foundry Art Centre in St Charles, Missouri.








This the view of the long exhibit space from the back of the exhibit.  The far end of the picture shows the wall with the exhibit title.






The Call for Entry

This all-media exhibition addresses the surface quality of artworks. A fundamental element of artwork, texture can be expressed physically or visually.  This exhibition encourages the artist to focus on this element, and the implications it holds for the viewer.  It asks both artists and viewer to consider what the physicality of the work conveys. The phrase “surface level” often alludes to a shallow interpretation: this exhibition provides the opportunity to explore the depth of the exterior.

The Ceramic Art Pieces

There were many sculptural pieces int he exhibit, but only one ceramic piece.

“Night Fishing” by Amanda Gentry, Chicago, IL

On her web site Amanda states that “It’s no surprise then that the shapes I create are disarmingly simple. I find that in all things, I want to bypass whatever is extraneous and get to the essence. If that could even be defined. It seems to me the best place to start is with a circle. No beginning and no end.   I am curious about a shape, a curve, a thruway of negative space—only to find that the ultimate creation is a reflection of thoughts and emotions working themselves out in my heart and mind by way of my hands.”  The only thing I see in this sculpture is a fish head with the nose pointing to the right, and the big fish eyes.



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