LOCATION: Plinth Gallery - 3520 Brighton Blvd

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  • Fri, Apr 2, 2021 - Sat, May 29, 2021

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Lauren Mabry's ceramics are internationally known for their colorful graphic composition, painterly surfaces, and striking glaze application. The artist received her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Arts Institute and her Masters of Fine Art degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her work is in many national and international collections.

While the artist's work is deeply rooted in materiality, her ceramic constructions embrace the world of sculpture and painting. With a thorough knowledge and extensive research into color theory and glaze chemistry, Mabry pushes the boundaries of our traditional experience of ceramic object, or what the artist regards as "to create dynamic compositions that push the boundaries of how ceramic materials have been historically perceived." She treats the vessel as a 3-dimensional canvas using ceramic underglazes, monoprint transfer, and skillful application of glazes. My work is driven by my fascination with color, visual movement, and the transformative nature of ceramics."

Mabry is fascinated with color and references the German born painter Hans Hofmann's phrase of "push and pull" to describe his work; surfaces that cover one another, leaving traces of what is underneath, of geometries that crisscross each other. Her surface treatment is also influenced by the abstract expressionist painters such as Helen Frankenthaler and the color theory of Josef Albers and other Bauhaus-trained artists. She is aware that of "the need to interrogate the historical absences of ceramics from these modes of expression. My experimentation 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 by utilizing processes that exploit the intrinsic qualities of ceramic materials. The results are expressive, bold, and often dichotomous: haphazard yet highly calculated."

Plinth Gallery curator Jonathan Kaplan reflects that "I am extremely honored to exhibit Lauren's ceramic work. She is one of a few ceramic artists whose work is shifting ceramics into a new direction, absent of how ceramics has been historically and culturally viewed.

Lauren Mabry's exhibition "Winding Way" opens First Friday April 2 from 6pm to 9pm and will show through May 29. Gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday 12pm-5pm or by appointment. For further information, please contact the gallery at 303 295-0717 or gallery@plinthgallery.com


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