The week started with a two-day drive to New York City to deliver and install my first solo exhibition in New York City in the Thomas Hunter Project Space, an installation space in the Ceramics Program of the Art Department at Hunter College, CUNY, New York City. This space has been an active gallery under the direction and curation of Distinguished Professor Jeffrey Mongrain.
The nature of the exhibition required my direct participation in mounting the installation. Beyond the distinction of exhibiting in NYC, this opportunity has been the impetus for my work to take a challenging turn. It is not merely be a solo exhibit of a number and variety of works, but rather an installation piece, where all the work reflects the theme of Light and Shadow. The subject mater relates to the ambiguity one finds in nature. I have developed work using cutting edge techniques and materials that will be highlighted. The techniques and materials include 3d scanned and printed models, slip cast translucent porcelain clay, laser and digital decals, PC substrates (ceramic tiles used in electronics), laser cutting, LED lights and even cast glass.
This installation brings outside space and inside space together. The idea of what one sees in contrast to what one cannot see, fascinates me and informs this work.
I was thrilled to see many friends of mine from the area at the opening. I spent time with my brother, sister in law and niece as well. And of course, NYC was my old “stomping grounds” and it was great being there again. All this made for a satisfying professional and personal experience.