Two-Scale: Large Scale and Mixed Media Ceramics

The University Art Gallery at Sonoma State University is pleased to present the exhibition, Two Scale: Large-Scale and Mixed Media Ceramic Works, which opens with a public reception on Thursday, November 9*, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and remains on view through December 10, 2017.  The exhibition will include approximately 45 works by an exciting group of 6 Bay Area artists, all working with ceramic as their medium: Todd Barricklow, Victoria Jang, Nathan Lynch, Mark Messenger, Woody De Othello, and Nancy Selvin. *Please note opening date change.

The mass of their objects removes them from the expected role of pedestal-topped ceramics and lands them squarely on the doorstep of sculpture. However, the ideas that each of these artists are wrestling with bring a refreshing point of view to the ceramic media. Issues of feminism, ecology, cross-cultural exploration, the psychology of spaces, myths, to the making of civilizations are all confronted by this group of artists.  

Todd Barricklow finds the myth of Golem relevant in today's armed battles, citing the downing of a Predator Drone in the Middle East, which begs the question: how long before our weaponry turns against us? His 25 marionettes will be displayed complete with their very own coffins.
According to Victoria Jang, her sculpture “embodies the complex hybridization of American-Korean culture.” Born in Korea and raised in New Jersey, her parents owned a small grocery in Manhattan.  This hybridized culture deeply enriches her work.
Nathan Lynch’s six to twelve foot tall beacons to rising waters act as the flood stage markers to a pending ecological collapse. For many years, he has fabricated nest modules for seabirds in peril on the Farallon Islands. Much of his work explores the nature of shifting ecologies. 
Mark Messenger also draws into question societal Hubertus and the fall of once great civilizations. Working his way up from the base of his nine-foot sculpture, Messenger represents the necessary class strata to keep the machine working. The rings show mining of resources, soldiers, the imprisoned, bureaucrats, generals, intellectuals, decadence, and the chosen class. All are leading up to the hand gesture of the winner, “We’re number one.”
Woody De Othello is a relative newcomer to the art world, having received his MFA from the California College of the Arts in 2017. His sparse installations create humorous, awkward moments for the viewer. Inspired by the psychology and psychic power of spaces, he weaves in contemporary concerns around capitalism, productivity and self-sufficiency and their potentially negative consequences. 
Nancy Selvin, a touchstone of Bay Area ceramics, has worked from her studio in Berkeley, CA since the 1970’s. Her masterful understanding of scale, volume, and composition is evident in her Trophy series, which pays homage to great women artists of the past.

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Todd Barricklow, The Golem Drone Series, 2014-2017 Victoria Jang, She Makes Waves, 2017 Nathan Lynch, Dead Reckoning, 2014-2015


Todd Barricklow
The Golem Drone series, 2014-2017
ceramic, wood, metal, rubber, wire, excelsior, paper, ink, shellac

Victoria Jang
She Makes Waves, 2017
Courtesy Patricia Sweetoe Gallery, San Francisco

Nathan Lynch
Dead Reckoning (Fools Gold, Creamy Lanby, Sterling), 2014-2015
glazed ceramic, redwood, steel
Courtesy Rena Bransten Gallery, San Franscico
(the tallest part of this piece is 16 feet tall!)