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Objectus Show Card

Objectus brings together three artists rising in the national ceramics community: Chris Dufala, Mitchell Spain and Shalene Valenzuela. Their work invites the viewer to look beyond the familiar everyday object to look for deeper concepts and illusions. Each artist recreates mass produced, often disposable, objects of convenience; constructing them using the unexpected material of clay. Personal commentary is woven into their work through surface decoration and the overall form. Their approach and commentary may be different, but their pieces share flawless technical execution and push the viewer to engage and explore beyond the surface of the common throw-away object.

Opening Reception

First Friday, April 1st, 2016
6:00 – 9:00 pm

Artist Talk with Chris Dufala, Mitchell Spain, and Shalene Valenzuela 

Thursday, March 31st
6:30 pm at the Ash Street Project
524 SE Ash Street
Portland, OR 97214
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Mid Show Reception

First Friday, May 6th
6:00 – 9:00

In The Back Room

“Cappedby Joe Davis

April 1 – 30

Bottles by Joe Davis

Opening Reception

April 1st, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

“This show of bottles is, in many ways, a tribute to the late Tom Rohr, who died well before his time in 2009. Although I’ve been making pots for many years now, the bottle is a form that I haven’t explored much at all, until now. Only a few of the bottles in “Capped” were made using Tom’s methods, but the inspiration for this exploration came directly from knowing Tom and owning and using his work. On formal and utilitarian levels, the bottle is rather unique; only the exterior of the form is visible, while the interior volume is paramount to the pot’s function and delivery. The relatively small opening is designed to pour small quantities of liquid, implying ritual and special contents. While in graduate school my eyes were opened to the possibilities of using non-clay materials in my work, hence, the exploration of non-traditional caps for some of the bottles in this exhibition.”
— Joe Davis