UNDER THE BLACK AND BALTIC DEEP & RAFAEL PEREZ
September 21, 2018 - November 4, 2018
October 12, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Join Northern Clay Center for the opening reception of "Under the Black and Baltic Deep" & ""Rafael Perez," Friday, October 12, 6 – 8 pm.
"Under the Black and Baltic Deep" draws attention to the long history of achievement in ceramics in Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia, including folk pottery, commercial ware, and sculptural work. After the collapse of the Soviet Union brought independence and democracy to all three nations, ceramic artists responded to their new freedom by moving beyond skillful but guarded creations to more adventurous approaches. NCC’s exhibition will highlight these dramatic new efforts in ceramics with the introduction of nine contemporary makers from across the three countries, who represent the full spectrum of making, age, and education. Curated by Sarah Millfelt and Robert Silberman, the show is supported by exhibition liaisons in Lithuania - Tomas J. Daunora and the Kvadratas Cultural Initiatives Group; in Estonia - ceramic artist Juss Heinsalu; and in Latvia - exhibitions coordinator at the Riga Porcelain Museum, Ieva Naglina. Additionally, this exhibition is supported by a curatorial advisor, Anthony Stellaccio, an American scholar and artist. Participating artists include: from Estonia: Kris Lemsalu, Leo Rohlin, and Anne Turn; from Latvia: Diana Boitmane, Dainis Pundurs, and Juta Rindina; and from Lithuania: Ieva Bertasiute-Grosbaha, Danute Jazgeviciute, and Egidijus Radvenskas.
"Rafael Perez" features the work of Spanish sculptor Rafael “Rafa” Perez partners an educated control of the material with the independent actions of the fire. He says, “My work is about surprising myself and the audience, using white porcelain and black earthenware clay, fired at high-temperature. The black earthenware expands, thus creating a volcanic landscape. It is not just a natural landscape because it is directed by me. I have created the cuttings from the beginning, but still the aspect of surprise is always present, because what happens in the kiln is unpredictable.