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Ceramics Now, 2016

July 14, 2016 - August 11, 2016

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Installation view of Ceramics Now, 2016. Photo: courtesy of Greenwich House Pottery. Photographer: Alan Wiener.

Ceramics Now
Giselle Hicks, Margaret Lanzetta, Sheila Pepe and Halsey Rodman
July 14 – August 11, 2016

The Jane Hartsook Gallery is pleased to present, Ceramics Now, a group exhibition featuring Giselle Hicks, Margaret Lanzetta, Sheila Pepe and Halsey Rodman. The art in this exhibition represents the body of work created during their short-term residencies at Greenwich House Pottery. The exhibition, bringing together these artists for the first time, examines their respective idiosyncratic approaches to the material.

The Residency and Fellowship Program is designed to support artists and their projects. At GHP we offer artists a chance to learn from clay in a direct way and to foster connections between artist, material and the larger ceramics community. Ultimately, these efforts introduce more artists to the pleasure of clay and new perspectives that ceramics uniquely provides. At the Pottery we facilitate relationships where artists can come together to work out ideas and create a new body of work through in-depth involvement in a social sphere rich in history, culture, expertise and ideas. Community and collaboration at the Pottery are cultivated through discussions between faculty, students, staff as well as immersion in the Pottery’s West Village Community. Our goal is to strengthen our relationship to communities and to nurture creative work within them.

Margaret Lanzetta, Sheila Pepe and Halsey Rodman are New York-based artists known for their art in other disciplines. Their time spent as Residents was used to familiarize them with the material and to produce a body of work that they would otherwise not be able to see through to fruition. These artists were given time, space and technical assistance to actualize their ideas. Giselle Hicks, an artist living in Helena, Montana, was this year’s Fellow. Her time in residence was used to expand upon and produce an entirely new body of work. The fellowship allowed her the time and space within New York City to work but also to be part of the diverse and vital community we have to offer.

Sheila Pepe

September 21 – November 24, 2015 | Sheila Pepe is best known for her large-scale, ephemeral installations and sculpture made from domestic and industrial materials. Since the mid-1990s Pepe has used feminist and craft traditions to investigate received notions concerning the

Giselle Hicks

June 6 – August 9, 2016 | Giselle Hicks will use her time to complete a sculptural investigation of the still life. Using the pinched vessels she will expand the vocabulary of forms, using both iconic vessel shapes as well

Halsey Rodman

January 4 – March 4, 2016 | Halsey Rodman’s work proposes a consensual and liberating encounter with objects by rendering apparent the radical instability of their forms. Though appearing disparate and sometimes improvised, his work is conceived and executed using

Margaret Lanzetta

March 21 – May 23, 2016 | Margaret Lanzetta proposes to create a series of crowns and keys based on historical research of these objects in European, Asian and North African dynasties. Through the use of local and “borrowed” design

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