I went over there this morning, gathered images, talked with many of the the artists, and examined the work by Sharan Elran, Brian Molanphy, Eva Kwong, Henny Linn Kjellberg, Teri Frame, Tiny Circus, Julia Haft-Candell, Dawn Holder, Marianne McGrath, and Colby Parsons. Plus there was The Table from Santa Fe, the Artstream, and several other exhibitors showing innumerable works of art.
The public NCECA show is held in a spacious Convention Center room right next to the member's section. I got there early, and later the number of people in the room swelled.
See more of the artists' work at [Link].
The discs are to be used by participants by placing them where they would want to migrate to. The discs are a lot like coins, which may have to do with the economics of migratory patterns. The clay discs, as they are scattered by participants, form secondary landscapes of migratory dream and desire on their own. I had the pleasure of speaking at length with Eva, who is an articulate, passionate soul who has produced a very elegant conceptual and simultaneously grounded work that poses questions for you to think about.
Eva also makes exquisite ceramics that are sculptural but retain some utilitarian echoes, and much more. See more of them here: [Link]
On the left is a picture of the Artstream, a 1967 Airstream trailer lovingly converted into a movable utilitarian ceramics gallery.
"Bricks #1" is an installation composed of a multitude of identical bricks. Sharan Elran, the artist, wants participants to get in and reconfigure the sculpture as they wish. The subtextual theme is Migration, and the polymorphic nature of the piece allows the expressions of many to be actualized and serve as the materia prima for the next person.
See more of his work here: [Link]
This is a performance piece titled: "Pre Human, Post human, Inhuman", designed and performed by Teri Frame. It is performed in six acts called Simians, Early Humans, Hybrids, Proportions, Races and Posthumans. It is a narrative of the migration of the body over time, arts and sciences. The artist describes this as a transfiguration in and through clay. The changes of clay as it dries reflect on the aging process. This is an absorbing, demanding piece. It takes some time or several trips to begin to appreciate its power.
See more of her work at: [Link]
See more of her work here: [Link]
You can see more at: [Link].
See more at: [Link]
Congratulations to NCECA for putting together another excellent show, this one at the Convention Center, and available to the public for viewing and participating for free, and the chance to acquire ceramic works of many kinds at reasonable prices.