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MIXED COMPANY
Liz Howe & Andrew Casto
Friday, August 1st – Saturday, September 27th 2014

Opening Friday August 1st at 6pm, Eutectic Gallery presents MIXED COMPANY with Liz Howe and Andrew Casto.  While both artist’s works are grounded in clay, this show explores the tactile qualities of other media on the surfaces of Howe and Casto’s ceramic works.

Casto and Howe build abstract forms combining contrasting textures and color palates each very distinct in their styles and visual cues.  Like Howe adds vibrant colors with flocking and yarn, Casto’s use of rubber adds another dimension not possible with typical ceramic materials.  Gold luster and electronic buttons are less subtle visual cues employed by Casto and Howe respectively.  Textures not possible in clay sometimes subtly reveal themselves only through close examination, while in other areas the distinction between materials seems to be the focus.

In many ways each artist could convincingly be working on found and manipulated objects.  Whether rocks or stone, or some type of industrial debris, each artist goes through painstaking processes to create ceramic objects that have a geologically formed, seemingly organic presence that act as canvases for a multitude of modifications and decorations.

Andrew Casto was born in Delaware, Ohio in 1977. He received his B.A. from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and his M.A. and M.F.A. degrees from The University of Iowa. In the fall of 2014 Casto will join the faculty of Kansas State University as an Assistant Professor of Ceramics.

Liz Howe was born in Albany, NY. She holds a B.S. in Art Education from SUNY New Paltz, an M.S. in Art Education from The College of St. Rose and an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Eutectic Gallery is located at 1930 NE Oregon St, with the entrance on 20th founded by Brett Binford, John-Fletcher Halyburton and Chris Lyon. Eutectic strives to bring the best contemporary ceramic arts to the Pacific Northwest. Eutectic Gallery produces 6 shows a year and boasts a retail shop with a growing catalog of studio potters and ceramicists producing both functional and nonfunctional wares. Eutectic also has an online presence at www.eutecticgallery.com featuring current works from the gallery, an expanded shop, information about future artists, projects and upcoming events.