"Crown" will feature new installation-based works by Ceramics Department Chair David S. East. Driven by generic real estate images, plebian architectural ornamentation, and utilizing search engine responses in image generation, this exhibit will combine new fabrication technologies, ceramics, and mixed media formats.
Seeking “the science of the mundane,” East explores the sources and by-products of “invented utopian promise” that form the duality of our monocultural, suburban landscape. “The suburbs have become a frame of mind rather than a geographic location,” he stated. His work juxtaposes suburban architecture and design with other systems of self-identification including biology and genetics. East, who has served as chair since 2008, is leading the Ceramics and New Technology Research Initiative, funded by the Ceramics Department and the Office of Research at MICA, which is designed to foster new thinking, partnerships, and explore the burgeoning marriage of science, ceramics, and studio-based artistic practices. He has taught and been a visiting artist at numerous locations including University of Missouri-Columbia, where he taught for six years before coming to MICA. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in juried and curated exhibitions, most recently in a traveling group exhibition in China and solo exhibitions at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and at Millersville University, Pennsylvania. He has received numerous awards, including an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, Lighton International Artists Exchange Program Grant, and was in residence at the European Ceramic Work Centre in The Netherlands during summer 2009. East received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls and his MFA from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Photo credit: David S. East, "Cut Torus", ceramic, 2009. (Made at the E.K.W.C.; Photo by Dan Meyers)
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Pinkard Gallery: Bunting Center
1401 W Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217, USA