Solo Exhibition | Ellen Kleckner
- Exhibit Dates: October 15- November 27, 2021
- Facebook Live walk-through: October 15th, 5:30pm CST WATCH
- Reception: October 22nd, 5:00-7:30pm
Exhibit Info & Statement
October 15 - November 27, 2021
Through a convergence of materials, I seek to understand connections between place, materiality, idea, legacy, and community. My work utilizes the visual and mechanical vocabulary of makers and craftspeople, joining parts to create whole forms that provoke the agencies of their utility, questioning which is recognizable.
Systems of joinery serve as a means of exploring the binary of material/artist/concept. Unlikely combinations of joined media such as ceramics/wood/steel/reed actively illustrate the tension between these dualistic materials. Each pairing finds balance within its two-part system; materials become interdependent while maintaining individual integrity. This moment and method in which subjects meet creates a visual narrative depicting mutual reliance to hold the new form.
Vessels are direct labor that speak of generosity, receptivity, and comfort. Rhythms of making are echoed in the rocking forms. Once grounded, these vessels repeat the intentions of their form, to comfort and contain, through their movement.
I employ play and collusion paired with traditional practice to create new forms in collaborations with a community of makers. They investigate that which is commonplace through explorations of form and texture.
Oct. 1, 2021
About the Artist
Through a convergence of materials, Ellen's work uses a familiar vocabulary drawn from a legacy of makers and to leads viewers into the unfamiliar; where materials embody ideas and form becomes a question.
Ellen's education began at the Craft Schools of Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft, and John C. Campbell Folk School. She received her BFA in Ceramics from The Appalachian Center for Craft and completed a Post Baccalaureate year of study at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She received her MFA in Ceramics at Ohio University.
With roots in Southern California, Iowa and New York; Ellen’s work continually investigates connections. Connections between place, material, idea and legacy. Ellen has been an artist in residence in many communities including The Flux Factory in New York City and the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary. Ellen is currently the Executive Director of the Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio, a non-profit community art center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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