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Photo Ceramica

Photo Ceramica

02/02/2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
February 2nd, 2018 to February 24th, 2018
Artist Statement

As a professional photographer, Peter Olson has traveled the world many times over. From corporate culture to religious iconography, he finds meaning in the repetition of human expression. His recent ceramic sculptures draw upon his deep experience with the camera, to reimagine captured imagery in a cylindrical form.

The images encasing each ceramic piece are left by ink from photographic prints that when fired, burn away leaving a permanent and detailed image from the iron oxide in the ink. Color tone is determined by time and temperature .These expertly collaged individual pieces give way to a fixed visual narrative, a kaleidoscope of imagery than spans centuries and continents. When joined this way, each motif contributes to a network of increasing complexity.

Accordingly, every image was captured by Olson himself, and each compilation is a testament to his eye, his interests, his documenting of his time on earth. His formal visual arts training in photography lends a refreshing take on what can be a traditional craft medium. The dimensions of individual pieces fall within a spectrum that changes with each series. Yet all are unique and do not adhere firmly to any framework but the artist’s own. Their vessel form serves more as an art historical reference to the ancient Greeks, than it does a utilitarian purpose. Many contain visual surprises; a hidden leaf placed just so, a strange and nuanced combination of characters —more than enough to satisfy a curious eye.

The self-contained vessels result from meditations on visual experiences. These are cylindrical worlds where street photography coexists with images of classical sculpture in a celebration of the human form and our shared continuous history. Riddle-like in their delicate placement, each piece mimics the precarious layers of its two-dimensional content. The effect of images wrapping around each piece seamlessly calls upon the photographer’s eye, as if their surface were the result of light reflecting images from a surrounding view. These forms are reflections of the world through the eyes of a seasoned photographer; and having been realized in three dimensions, they now take on a life of their own.


Upcoming Exhibits

Susanne Uerling Osberg
Kat Wiese
2/4/22 to 3/25/22
Print / Paper
Luke Huling
Nathan Murray
Amanda Durig
Anne Burton
Arjan Zazueta
Bartholomew Lynch
Bill Shaffer
Bri Murphy
Brett Anderson
Brian Kluge
Chris Rudasill
Cody Weber
Drew Lueders
Dandee Pattee
Elise Loomis
Erica Green
Gerit Grimm
G.V. Kelley
Heather Jo Davis
Jason Piccoli
Jen Graham
Jenni Brant
Jon Love
Jordan Buschur
Kari Radasch
Kate Running
Katelyn Farneth
Katie Taylor Frisch
Kristen Martincic
Kristin Powers Nowlin
Liana Owad
Lindsey Day
Lori Tatreau
Maria Spiess
Matt Bukrey
Matthew Dercole
McKenzie Phelps
Michael Ian Larsen
Naomi Mostkoff
Neil Celani
Nora Rolf
Owen Buffington
PJ Hargraves
Roxanne Jackson
Sarah Logan
Sara Truman
Stephanie Leach Vendetti
Susan Stark-Johnson
Taylor Woolwine
Tracy Shell
Trudie Teijink
3/4/22 to 5/27/22
Multiple Mediums
Joseph Cavalieri
4/1/22 to 5/6/22
Neil Celani
6/3/22 to 6/24/22

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