This was an NCECA show, with Brooke Hine, Doug Blechner, Matt Burton, Kristy Carr, Shane Keena, Bethany Krull, Leigh Taylor Michelson and Kyounghwa OH. It was held at the West Tampa Center for The Arts on 1906 N. Armenia, a great cigar factory building now housing dozens of artist' studios and exhibition spaces.
This is the main exhibition space at the WTCA.
On the left is "Hark", by Lauren Gallaspy
It seems like a listening heart, complete with attached human ear. [Link]
On the right is "Boat Builder", by Ted Saupe, who is the head of the ceramics dept at UGA. It's about three feet tall, an archaic looking urn (?). Along the sides are depicted many graphic faces, symbols, initials, colorful marks, all in their own compartments. [Link] (Scroll down some.
On the left is "LURE (Lupin)", by Leigh Taylor Mickelson, made of C/6 porcelain and mixed media. This is a close-up, a portion about 50% of the total. It looks like an XXXL mountain valley flower, vibrant with life and fertility. [Link]
"Parts of a Sum", by Andrew Cho was an intriguing mixed media installation. It had that Rube Goldberg aura with a substrate that made it seem efficient at what (ever) it does. No Site found for this artist.
Bethany Krull had several pieces, or more like specimens, in this exhibit. On the left is "Showboat", made of porcelain, and wearing a "modified preemie diaper'. It brings to mind a not-quite human baby -- in a semi-crucified pose.
On the right is "Space-Saving Gerbil Tower", also by Ms. Krull. It comes across as a metaphor for high-rises and also there is the sense of a typology here, though the gerbils look very similar.
This typology theme was also present in Kristy Carr's five creatures under glass. Like isolated catalogued specimens in formaldehyde, in an academic setting, they await study, dead and isolated from their environment.
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|"Inflorescence", by Brooke Hine|
They are also biomorphic, these more human organ-like than abstract. She explained they are based on conversations about people suffering from various medical problems.
|From the "Allogamy/Duodenum" series, by Brooke Hine|
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