11-Oct-2019

Breaking the Plane
Shannon Goff, Peter Christian Johnson, Lauren Mabry

Opening Reception | Friday, October 11, 2019 | 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 

Exhibition on view through November 8, 2019


Lauren Mabry, Stand, ceramic, glaze, 2018. Peter Christian Johnson, Inside Out, porcelain, 2017. Shannon Goff, Thunder & Lightening, ceramic, 2010. Photos: courtesy of the artists.

Artist Statements

Shannon Goff

I make objects from cardboard and clay. My work, however, is heavily rooted in the practice of drawing. Drawing is a linear tool—a tangible way to investigate, think and visually translate an idea into space. It is a generative process that propels my explorations from description to interpretation and abstraction where new questions and possibilities arise. A line can manifest itself in a myriad of ways from the simple to the abstruse. Clay is liberating as a drawing material. The material is the structure, the line itself. With cardboard, the line is often created by an intense infrastructure that demarcates where two planes almost meet. As a maker, I oscillate between translating line through negative space and drawing out loud in three dimensions. These two distinct approaches yield sculptural work in cardboard and clay that is seemingly disparate yet exploit the buoyancy of line and a commitment to hand building. They operate like dialects of a language. They speak to each other, and most often run parallel, but I always await their collision.


Peter Christian Johnson

My work explores the tension between acts of labor and collapse, between precision and failure.  It is a meditation on entropy that uses architecture as a foil to examine the dichotomy of beauty and loss. I am interested in transformation, which is expressed in both destruction and growth. Much of my work involves creating complex porcelain structures that are encouraged to warp or collapse in the strain of the firing. They expose the relationship between soft and hard, the fluidity of a membrane, and the moment of intersection between these contrasting elements.  Ultimately they are a metaphor for the human condition, paradoxically both broken and at times beautiful. 


Lauren Mabry

I make ceramic vessels, objects, and dimensional paintings by combining traditional and experimental methods with clay and glaze. I investigate materiality though experimentation that is driven by my fascination with color, visual movement, and the transformative nature of ceramics. Primarily my work communicates directly, through its formal and aesthetic qualities, but it may also be understood in relationship to abstract painting, minimal work, and Process Art. My goal is to create dynamic compositions that push the boundaries of how these materials are perceived. The things I make exist where haphazard sketching meets the accuracy of chemistry. The rich, flowing glazes create hypnotic tones, textures, and forms which aim to please and bewilder.

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