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"2nd East and West Clay Works Exhibition - New York"
2002-12-17 until 2003-01-11
Viridian Artists
New York, NY, USA United States of America

Viridian Artists is pleased to present an exhibit of clay works by Korean and American artists entitled 2nd East & West Clay Works Exhibition- New York. The artists first met in 1999 when they exhibited together in New York. They are associated with the art departments of five outstanding universities; Seoul National University of Technology, Yeung Nam University, Long Island University, Montclair State University and Pratt Institute. The participants are mentors or former students of these mentors and because of these prior connections, the exhibitors share special bonds.

The "East & West" in the show's title also speaks to the range of influences and artistic expressions. The pieces presented in the exhibition are distinctive in terms of the nationality, the influence of tradition, the effects of transculturation and the personal inspiration of each individual artist. While there are unique differences in the pieces of each artist, there are also intriguing common characteristics. The tensions between utility and decoration, discipline and creative adventure always at issue in the ceramic arts, have been beautifully resolved in the works.

M. Teresa Lapid Rodriguez, the Acting Director of Montclair State University Art Galleries has said, “The works in this exhibit are testimony to the conscious effort to narrow the gap between fine arts and craft. Mentors or students, they are equal in the quest for more sculptural forms. Where the Korean eastern discipline gives way to new forms, the American sense of freedom looks into the discipline the Koreans mastered over thousands of years. The challenge is to open new avenues for the creative process that encompass an international order. The exhibition reveals refreshing visual creations, some formal, some whimsical that are far different from the traditional vessels of old times, whether American or Korean”.

IMAGE:
Heung Bok Lee


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