Ferrin Contemporary is pleased to announce LAUREN MABRY: FUSED, the first solo at the gallery by Philadelphia- based artist Lauren Mabry. Lauren Mabry’s solo exhibition, FUSED,
Ferrin Contemporary is pleased to announce LAUREN MABRY: FUSED, the first solo at the gallery by Philadelphia- based artist Lauren Mabry.
Lauren Mabry’s solo exhibition, FUSED, presents a new series of ‘dimensional paintings’ that use color, form, and an exuberant sense of play to explore transformative nature of clay. Drips, spills and dollops of brightly colored glaze move across her forms, with a deliberate sense of chaos. The title, FUSED, alludes to the melted surface created within the kiln. This magical moment is something that Mabry is able to hold to within her glaze work, as if she’s able to slow down time itself.
“Lauren Mabry has challenged her artistic development and visual vocabulary through scientific research, finding new fusion points between clay and glaze. Her new work presented in FUSED is selected from a series of intuitive experiments in reverse engineering which exploit the tipping point between fluid and solid. These works continue her work as both painter and sculptor and as a leader of the expressive abstraction taking place among artists using clay today.” — director, Leslie Ferrin
Mabry has worked with the gallery since 2013 when her work was selected for Ceramic Top 40, a national survey exhibition organized by Ferrin Contemporary that identified and explored trends in contemporary ceramics. In 2016, her work was featured in Glazed and Diffused, a survey exhibition focused on a select group of international artists, from George Ohr (b. 1857) and Betty Woodman (b. 1930) to several mid-career artists chosen from the exhibition Ceramic Top 40 who used fired clay and glaze pigment to convey abstract content. This first solo exhibition at Ferrin Contemporary offers the opportunity to focus on Mabry’s continued work in pursuit of the blurred line between glaze and clay and her practice as both painter and sculptor.
Lauren Mabry’s work is represented in permanent collections at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Sheldon Museum of Art. She is the recipient of individual grants from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, The Independence Foundation, and the NCECA Emerging Artist Award. Mabry has worked at international residencies including the Jingdezhen International Studio in China and the Gaya Ceramic Art Center in Bali, Indonesia. Lauren is currently teaching Material Science at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.
“Because I strive to keep my work as playful as it is scientific, the things I make exist where haphazard sketching meets the precision of chemistry.” — Lauren Mabry
LAUREN MABRY: FUSED
Saturday, May 4–June 30, 2019
1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams Open seven days, 11:00 a.m.–5 p.m.
OPENING RECEPTION AND ARTIST TALK Saturday, May 4, 5–7 p.m. at Ferrin Contemporary 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams
Open to the public.
(Saturday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247