April, 8 2016 – May, 28 2016

We are thrilled to open a new exhibition curated by Paul Kotula. Please join us for the opening reception to celebrate the work of six artists selected by Kotula.
CURATORIAL STATEMENT

By its very nature of domestic purpose, pottery extends its aesthetic poetry through the senses. As vessels that contain food, flowers, or even such items as soap, they present and invite the desires of sight, touch, smell, taste and sound through their use.

The selection of artists included in “An Intervention of the Senses” form pots that not only invite visual and haptic experiences through pottery form and surface in heightened ways, they inspire creative mediation and involvement that allows the remaining senses to luxuriate in the sensual pleasures of being human.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS

Robert Barnard
Bech Evans
Jordan McDonald
Joanna Pike
Jim Shrosbree/Peace Project
Stacy Jo Scott

CURATOR BIO

Paul Kotula
Associate Professor/Ceramics
Michigan State University

Paul Kotula earned his BFA from Wayne State University in 1981 and his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1989.

An artist, curator, gallery director/owner and educator, Kotula has exhibited his work internationally since 1991. Among his recent exhibitions are “Convergence: Pottery from Studio and Factory,” Art Alliance, Philadelphia; “The 63rd Scripps College Ceramics Annual,” Scripps College and “Hide and Reveal: 4th International Craft Biennale,” Cheongiu City, Korea. His work has been featured in numerous magazines including “Paul Kotula: On art, design and living in the Motor City,” American Craft (Dec/Jan 2009). He is a frequent visiting artist/critic at Cranbrook Academy of Art and a former instructor at College for Creative Studies. This fall he presents his paper “Re-crafting the Table” at SECAC hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University. Kotula produces tableware and situations that allow the creativity of other individuals to be celebrated. His work is featured in numerous collections including Cranbrook Academy of Art, Crocker Art Museum, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts and the Shein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred University. He has taught Ceramics at Michigan State University since 2009.

Paul Kotula’s experience as Pewabic’s gallery director from 1985 to 1987 set the groundwork for him to direct Swidler Gallery, REVOLUTION (Detroit and New York) and Paul Kotula Projects. Working with an international list of artists, he has presented over 200 solo and group exhibitions pertinent to the field of contemporary art and visual culture. In 2003, Dialogue magazine named him one of “25 People Making a Difference in the Arts in the Midwest.” He presently serves on Pewabic’s Advisory Board and is curating an exhibition opening in April 2016.


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