Materiality | The Matter of Matter
Nov
11
to Feb 11

Materiality | The Matter of Matter

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You begin with the possibilities of the material. –Robert Rauschenberg

The question of how and why an artist uses materials has long been a topic of consideration in art history. Today, many artists are looking to this question and seeking to find a balance between what they use to make work and the concepts behind them. Providing agency to the materials themselves, artists are looking at materials as a means of communication, whether they are expanding on traditional media and narratives or utilizing everyday objects to construct new forms. Exploring these concerns in their work, the artists included in the exhibition, all with ties to Maine, are also considering why they choose to work with certain matter in our current material culture and social climate, and the role that these materials play within it.

Artists included in the exhibition are Jackie Brown, Stephanie Cardon, Lisa Kellner, Adam Lampton, Jonathan Mess, Gelah Penn, Emilie Stark-Menneg, Aaron T Stephan, and others.

Center for Maine Contemporary Art
21 Winter Street
Rockland, Maine 04841
207.701.5005
www.cmcanow.org

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Sep
23
to Oct 31

The Ceramics Show

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SEPTEMBER 23RD - OCTOBER 31ST, 2017     |     THE CERAMICS SHOW
ARTISTS' RECEPTION: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 5-7PM

SANDRA BYERS    
LYNN DURYEA    
PAUL HEROUX    
LAUREN HERZAK-BAUMAN    
MARIA KRISTOFFERSON
JONATHAN MESS    
BOYAN MOSKOV    
JUSTIN RICHEL    
MILES SPADONE    
SHARON TOWNSHEND  
JOHN WHITE    
DON WILLIAMS

Location: COREY DANIELS GALLERY, 2208 Post Road, Wells, Maine
FMI: Sarah Bouchard, 207.646.5301sarah@coreydanielsgallery.com

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Symbiosis: Creative Exchange between Kate & Jonathan Mess
Jul
22
to Oct 22

Symbiosis: Creative Exchange between Kate & Jonathan Mess

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Symbiosis: Creative Exchange Between Kate & Jonathan Mess

July 22 - September 3, 2017
Opening Reception: July 22, 2017, 5-7 PM

Artist couple Kate & Jonathan Mess will present Symbiosis, an exploration of the similarities and differences in their work and the way their practices intertwine, at The Good Supply in Pemaquid. Though their studio endeavors have been closely linked since they met in graduate school in 2006, this is the couple's first dual exhibition.

"The Messes represent the best of contemporary art and craft here in Maine," says Center for Maine Contemporary Art director Suzette McAvoy, "living a full professional and family life and making work they believe in." Read more about Kate and Jonathan's work and life together in the current issue of Down East Magazine, "Making Art, Making a Life," written by Edgar Allen Beem and photographed by Molly Haley. 

"Making Art, Making A Life," written by Edgar Allen Beem in Down East Magazine, July 2017 issue. Photography by Molly Haley.

"Making Art, Making A Life," written by Edgar Allen Beem in Down East Magazine, July 2017 issue. Photography by Molly Haley.

The Good Supply
2106 Bristol Road
Pemaquid, ME 04558
207.607.3121

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Intimate Abstractions: Ceramic Invitational
Jul
13
to Aug 19

Intimate Abstractions: Ceramic Invitational

  • Patricia Sweetow Gallery (map)
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Intimate Abstractions: Ceramic Invitational curated by California College of the Arts Professor Nancy Selvin.

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ANDREW CASTO
MARY ALISON LUCAS
NATHAN LYNCH
KARI MARBOE
JONATHAN MESS

OPENING RECEPTION
Saturday, July 15, 2017  2 – 5 pm

EXHIBITION RUNS
July 13 - August 19, 2017

PATRICIA SWEETOW GALLERY
480 23rd Street
(between Telegraph & Broadway in Oakland)
Oakland, CA 94612
1-510.788.5860
www.patriciasweetowgallery.com

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Visceral
Feb
9
to Feb 25

Visceral


VINCENT HAWKINS
JONATHAN MESS
LAURENCE OWEN
NINA ROYLE
MATTHEW DAVID-SMITH
MARK SURRIDGE

PRIVATE VIEW
9th FEBRUARY  6.00 PM - 8.00 PM
8 DUKE STREET, ST JAMES'S, LONDON SW1Y 6BN

EXHIBITION RUNS
9th FEBRUARY - 25th FEBRUARY

OPEN
MON-SAT 11.30 AM - 6.30 PM
(SATURDAY 25th CLOSING AT 3.00 PM)
SUN 11.30 AM - 5.00 PM

Visceral is co-curated by Mark Surridge painter and lecturer and includes a series of prints, paintings and sculptural ceramics that explore abstraction and materiality. The exhibition includes cleverly abstracted works by Surridge, Vincent Hawkins, Laurence Owen, Nina Royal and Jonathan Mess and Matthew David-Smith.

Art can sometimes hit hard, slap you around the face and take you by surprise. The raw power of a gestural brushstroke,  the alchemy of mixing materials or the haptic manipulation of clay can make the experience of appreciating art more visceral, more real.

Imagine a work of art as having a tone of voice, some voices may convey impact and immediacy while others are like whispers, as sensitive as litmus paper on the stain of human consciousness. The intuitive artist is working with internal logic mechanisms able to create works of art that have the ability to touch our heart-felt emotions and euphoric feelings. The act of looking is like an archaeological dig excavating, unpicking layer upon layer of visual material - a materiality to enliven the human senses.

Intuitive abstract artists make paintings and sculptures that tap into our psyche-from the gut rather than the intellect.  Howard Hodgkin describes the end result of his creative process, "When I finish a painting, it usually looks as surprising to me as to anyone else.”

CONTACT
Coates & Scarry, info@coatesandscarry.com, +44 (0)754 0793 264

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Cont{r}act Earth—First Central China International Ceramics Biennale
Dec
9
to Mar 12

Cont{r}act Earth—First Central China International Ceramics Biennale

December 9, 2016 to March 12, 2017

cont{R}act earth —First Central China International Ceramics Biennale, Henan Museum,  Zhengzhou City, China, curated by Wendy Gers

The First Central China Ceramics Biennale, Cont{r}act Earth, is a rich and expansive survey of contemporary art from leading international artists and designers. This Biennale is grounded in contemporary artistic investigations of our Anthropocene age, the earth, and relationships with our environment.

Installations engage with the two central themes of the Biennial. ‘Contact’ refers to the materiality of clay, and ‘Contract’ suggests a sense of obligation – as guardians of our natural and cultural heritage.

Works in clay, glass, still and moving images, and mixed media, are presented. They dialogue with the central themes of the Biennale, exploring the transition from mud to form, sound, innovative ways to combine glass and clay, ecologically engaged projects, global ceramics legacies legacies and relationships between nature and technology.

The exhibition presents 42 installations by 50 artists from 20 countries. Five international guest Artists in Residence worked with key partners in Henan province to produce ambitious projects that engage with local culture and history.

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2nd Annual Open Studio - Maine Craft Weekend
Oct
1
to Oct 2

2nd Annual Open Studio - Maine Craft Weekend

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October 1 + 2, 2016, 10am - 4pm

Artist couple Jonathan and Kate Mess will host their second annual open studio featuring Jonathan’s contemporary ceramic sculpture and wall objects and Kate’s handcrafted contemporary enamel and precious metal jewelry at their renovated barn home on scenic route 213 in Jefferson.

Jonathan Mess creates experimental works using reclaimed ceramic materials. Art critic Daniel Kany writes, “Mess’ slabs usually act like the unruly child versions of paintings. Their lines are wild, and their surfaces are varied and thickly textured with glazes, slips, fissures and irascibly independent materials that refused to be melted into line. In terms of ceramics, Mess’ casual boldness is remarkable.” He was awarded the Maine Arts Commission’s 2015 Contemporary Craft Fellowship and more, and his work shows nationally and internationally.

Kate Mess creates contemporary jewelry and occasional objects that are bold and edgy in both form and concept. Her work ranges from colorful enameled collections inspired by her coastal Maine environment, to eye-catching handmade wire chains designs, to delicately textured custom bridal jewelry. She designs and makes all jewelry by hand in her Midcoast Maine studio, and her work has exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Jonathan & Kate Mess Studios
2 Ames Lane
Jefferson, ME 04348
www.mainecraftweekend.org/2016-events-by-region/mid-coast-events/

ABOUT MAINE CRAFT WEEKEND:
Maine Craft Weekend (MCW), a statewide tour of Maine craft studios, breweries, businesses and events, is an opportunity for the public to explore the life and work of craft artists and craft brewers in Maine. MCW is a public, educational, community oriented, family friendly weekend October 1 + 2, 2016. MCW is scheduled in conjunction with American Craft Week, a nationwide event promoting craft events each October. Modeled after Maine Maple Sunday and Buy Local Saturday, this self-guided tour features participants all over the state who are not regularly open to the public or who have planned special MCW events and demonstrations at their locations. Plan a route to include a pottery wheel lesson and a glass blowing demonstration in the morning, swing by a brew pub for lunch, wrap up the day perusing a craft show and start all over again on Sunday!

Maine Craft Weekend will be even better in 2016 thanks to a $41,000 grant from the Maine Office of Tourism intended primarily for marketing the event. In 2015 this website and other MCW marketing promoted over 200 sites and 540 individuals throughout Maine, drawing local and out-of-state visitors directly to the sources of Maine craft and craft brews. We plan to increase the number of sites and visitors in 2016!

Maine Craft Weekend is produced by The Maine Crafts Association with Event Partner, the Maine Brewer’s Guild, and Organizational Partner, The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development’s Maine Made Program. These statewide organizations have successfully branded and promoted quality Maine Craft, Maine products, and craft beer, respectively; Maine Craft Weekend invites the public into these dynamic studios and businesses to see the magic behind the products they produce.

Examples of participating sites include individual potters’ home studios, craft galleries, glass blowing studios, outdoor installation sites, non-profit craft organizations, craft-based schools, craft beer breweries and craft beer brewery-restaurants. Events will vary by type of location and will include open studios, demonstrations, tastings, exhibitions, sales, tours, kids’ projects and other creative and interactive activities.

The public interested in visiting sites during Maine Craft Weekend can visit www.MaineCraftWeekend.org to learn about participants and events and use the interactive MCW map to plan their route!

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3 Galleries. 8 Walls.
Jul
7
to Aug 4

3 Galleries. 8 Walls.


STEVE BARTLETT
SARAH BOUCHARD
TOM BUTLER
HEATHER CHONTOS
LUC DEMERS
TOM GAINES
JT GIBSON
JUNG HUR
JEFF KELLAR
PETER KIRKILES
FREDERICK LYNCH
JONATHAN MESS
MUNIRA NAQUI
DAVID RAYMOND
WILLIAM ZINGARO

Show runs: July 7th - August 4th
Artists' Reception: Thursday, July 14th, from 6 - 8pm
Location: COREY DANIELS GALLERY, 2208 Post Road, Wells, Maine
FMI: Sarah Bouchard, 207.646.5301sarah@coreydanielsgallery.com

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Abstract Narratives
Mar
25
to Apr 23

Abstract Narratives

Landfill No.38: Northeastern Cross Section by Jonathan Mess, 2015

Featuring artwork by Meghan Brady, Jessica Buckley, Amanda K. Hawkins, Jonathan Mess, Jean Noon, and Andrea Sulzer.

Engine
128 Main Street
Biddeford, ME 04005
Opening Reception: Friday, March 25th, 2016 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM

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Dec
18
to Jan 30

CeramATTACK

December 18, 2015 – January 30, 2016
CeramATTACK

Reclaim No.48: Central Cross Section by Jonathan Mess, 2015

A ceramic invitational exhibition that boasts trending innovations in contemporary ceramics. Exhibition opens Friday, December 18th with a reception that evening 5-8pm. The exhibition will run through February 13th.

With motivations beyond pure form and function, the selected artists take ceramics into an entirely new realm, fusing contemporary aesthetics with a traditional art form. The clay bodies act more as canvases for further creative exploration through a multidisciplinary approach. This new take is evident in the works of Kevin Snipes whose structures are complimented by his whimsical street art influenced figurative drawings, or Jonathan Mess who reclaims discarded and forgotten materials into formations that reference maps and natural geographical formations.

Challenging the traditional and established view of ceramics, CeramATTACK offers a collection of works that allow the viewer to explore both narrative and form in a myriad of imaginative and unconventional approaches that both provoke and inspire.

Duane Reed Gallery
4729 McPherson Ave
St Louis, MO 63108
Opening Reception: Friday, December 18th, 2015 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM

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