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The Price of Freedom & Exploration of Material

 These two exhibitions have been coordinated in conjunction with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) 48th Annual Conference in Milwaukee, March 19 – 22, 2014.

February 7 – March 22, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, February 7th from 5 – 9pm NCECA Bus Tour: Wednesday, March 19th from 10am – 4:30pm NCECA Reception: Thursday, March 20th from 5 – 9:30pm Curator and Artist Talk: Friday, March 21st at 6:30pm, including a panel discussion with the curators and select artists

The Price of Freedom
WPCA is pleased to present an exhibition of ceramic sculpture, curated by Matthew Isaacson and Stefanie Kirkland, including work by Pattie Chalmers, Jason A. Hackett,  James Ibur, Karl McDade, Richard Notkin, Allan Rosenbaum, Monica Vandendool, Patti Warashina, and John Zimmerman.

Today we are faced with issues of freedom, morality and humanity on the topic of gun control. This issue has swept our society with heated discussions and passionate cries for new regulations. We are more than ever at a crossroads about the role of the gun in our society.

Guns are first objects, part of our material world. However, guns lack agency without a user; it is through human interaction that they become fully functioning objects. Guns can be used for both destruction and self-defense through this human interface, whether for acts of hate or for games of sport.  We are forced to ask ourselves, where do we place guns in our society?

Exploration of Material
Yoshinaga Kawamura uses porcelain panels to create nuanced light and shadow environments. Kawamura considers the making process more valuable than the individual finished work. His understanding of materials deepens through visual and tactile ‘conversations’ during the production and postproduction process and allows him to transform materials while maintaining their unique qualities.

Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat, Noon to 5pm
Admission to the gallery is FREE

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