Eutectic Gallery Press Resources
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
BOTH/AND: selected works from Chris Baskin & Dan Schmitt at Eutectic Gallery
NE Portland, OR (Feb. 7 – March 29, 2014) Eutectic Gallery presents BOTH/AND: selected works from Chris Baskin and Dan Schmitt. “Neither a two person show, nor two solo shows, rather a conversation between two selected bodies of work,” explains curator and director Jeffrey Thomas of the first exhibition of Eutectic Gallery’s 2014 season. BOTH/AND explores the relationship between two seemingly different bodies of work, and how the context of each, informs about the other.
Unfamiliar with each other before being approached for this exhibition, Jeffrey Thomas saw the large terra cotta pieces of Dan Schmitt and instantly felt a connection to a recent studio visit with Chris Baskin. “They complement each other beautifully, different techniques, styles and scale but they really speak to each other, in both their similarities and differences, it’s very eutectic, like two best friends sitting across from each other, one quiet, thoughtful, and calculated, the other loud, somewhat brash, and impulsive; they play off each other but compliment each other as well.”
Chris Baskin and Dan Schmitt share as many differences as they do similarities. As is often the case, it might be easier to draw black and white comparisons between the two, but the conversation about the grey area is often the more interesting one. Many of the similarities between these artists might not be so apparent without a look into each of their histories and backgrounds. While no doubt joined by a common material, Baskin and Schmitt are a great example of similar ethos formed independently of each other, not in contrast, but in relationship to each other.
Chris Baskin was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and raised in Rome, Georgia. His early memories include visiting the New York World’s Fair and seeing folk potter Jug Smith, in rural Alabama, running a potter’s wheel off of a tractor, and grinding local clay with a mule. As a seminary student engaged in the study of World Religion, Chris worked as a production manager at the Sarah Frederick Pottery and began an important relationship with mentor Byron Temple. He received a residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana, and from the Bray completed a Master of Fine Arts at Alfred University, New York.
The selected works from Baskin for BOTH/AND include a wide variety of pieces created in 2013. Both functional and objects of virtue, this body of work shows a meticulous exploration through different forms, clay bodies, techniques and firing types, while all maintaining a distinctly Baskin aesthetic.
Dan Schmitt was born in 1973 in Washington State to German parents, Dan moved back to Germany for several years before relocating back to the Pacific Northwest for the remainder of his youth. Dan embraces this bicultural upbringing as a window into his personal aesthetic and the work he creates. Discovering clay while a biology major, three weeks later Dan switched majors to focus on ceramics, a constant in his life since, 20 years later.
Large terra cotta, coil built vessels are the focus of Dan’s work in BOTH/AND. Exploring, form, surface and scale in a way that beautifully contrasts Baskin’s broader search, each vessel exhibits a personality unique to itself while lending to the progression of the next.
Baskin and Schmitt create both art objects and functional objects. While the differences can be subtle in Baskin’s work, they couldn’t be more defined in Schmitt’s. In gallery partner John-Fletcher Halyburton’s words, “Neither artist seem to accept an either/or ethos with the work they create, it’s not a world of black and white, easy choices, or one distinct path, style or philosophy; instead, each have developed their own unique both/and approach. Independently, each has discovered a considerable grey area, but also a large area of color that often accompanies that kind of ethos.”
The grand opening of BOTH/AND at the Eutectic Gallery will begin at 6pm on February 7th, 2014 as a part of the First Friday Inner Eastside Gallery Crawl and will feature refreshments, small bites and an opportunity to meet the artists. Open Thursdays through Sundays, and by appointment, BOTH/AND will be displayed through the end of March.
Eutectic Gallery is located at 1930 NE Oregon St, with the entrance on 20th. Founded by Brett Binford, John-Fletcher Halyburton and Chris Lyon and working in partnership with Jeffrey Thomas, Eutectic strives to bring the best contemporary ceramic arts and crafts to the Pacific Northwest. Eutectic Gallery produces 6 shows a year and boasts a small 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 and updated information about future artists, projects and upcoming events.Contact: John-Fletcher Halyburton 1930 NE Oregon St, PDX, 97232 email@example.com (503)-974-6518 #### [divider]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE“Slip Slab Coil Pinch Press Throw ”
November 29th 2013 – January 25th 2014
NE Portland, OR (November 1, 2013) Eutectic Gallery presents an exhibition and survey of contemporary American artists working in clay: “Slip Slab Coil Pinch Press Throw”,
featuring the work of over 24 different artists from around the country including Kelly Garrett Rathbone, Brad Mildrexler, John George Larson, Richard Brandt, Brad McLemore, Baba Wague Diakite, Ehren Tool, Thomas Orr, Daniel Donovan & Jesse Albrecht.
“Slip Slab Coil Pinch Press Throw” represents the essential methods of construction for most ceramic forms. With these processes, or combinations of them, anything can be made from clay. Each of the artists explores a different and distinct approach to the construction and surface treatment of their artwork, providing a compelling presentation about the process of “clay-making” that will appeal to artists, collectors and gift-givers alike.
Brett Binford, co-founder of both Eutectic Gallery and Mudshark Studios explains:
“While it might seem like a really narrow focus for a gallery, just showing ceramics, this show is a good example of the broad range of work we can exhibit, and the quality of the artists we have making work, a lot of them are right here in Portland, in some ways Portland is a hub for ceramics, we hope to share that with the greater community.”
In just ten months, Eutectic Gallery has shown the work of 28 ceramic artists, craftsmen and designers. “Slip Slab Coil Pinch Press Throw” is a compendium of recent works from these artists featured during Eutectic Gallery’s inaugural year. Portland’s only fine art gallery dedicated to contemporary ceramics, Eutectic Gallery produces six shows a year, and features a retail shop of studio potters, craftsmen and designers, featuring both functional and sculptural works.
Some of Oregon’s most engaging artists will also be represented in the show, with new work from Chris Baskin, Kristy Lombard, Victoria Christen, Careen Stoll, Perc by Frank Chimero, Portland Growler Company, Chris Pate, Jennifer Love, Ken Pincus, Brian R. Jones, Kurt Van Vlack, Courtney Murphy, Kelsey Nelson, Puji and Jensen & Marineau.
The Eutectic Gallery will host a reception for beginning at 6pm on December 6, 2013 as a part of the First Friday inner eastside Gallery Crawl and will feature refreshments, small bites and an opportunity to meet the artists.
Open Thursday through Sunday, and by appointment, the exhibition “Slip Slab Coil Pinch Press Throw” will be displayed at the Eutectic Gallery through January 25, 2915
Eutectic Gallery is located at 1930 NE Oregon St, with the entrance on 20th. Founded by Brett Binford, Aaron Van de Graeff and John-Fletcher Halyburton and working in partnership with Jeffrey Thomas, Eutectic strives to bring the best contemporary ceramic arts and crafts to the Pacific Northwest. Eutectic Gallery produces 6 shows a year and boasts a small 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 and updated information about future artists, projects and upcoming events.
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