Leslie Ferrin, Director, Ferrin Contemporary
For Immediate Release:
Ferrin Contemporary launches Made in China: The New Export Ware – a multi-venue series of exhibitions and public programs.
1315 MASS MoCA Way in North Adams, Saturday, Oct. 18 through Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
Miami Projects, Tuesday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014
New York Ceramics Fair, Thursday, Jan. 22 through Sunday, Jan. 25, 2014
Opening Reception + Gallery Talk, Independent Art Projects, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, 5 to 7 p.m. Public Lecture, Harvard Ceramics, Nov. 11, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
Public Lecture, New York Ceramics Fair, Jan. 23, 2015
CUMMINGTON, MA – Ferrin Contemporary presents Made in China: The New Export Ware, an on-going series of exhibitions and public programs featuring international contemporary ceramic artists re-contextualizing traditional Chinese export porcelain production methods and visual vocabulary independently or in conjunction with skilled Chinese artisans. Featured series artists, who hail from the US, UK, Australia, and China, include Julie Bartholomew, Robin Best, Caroline Cheng, Sin-ying Ho, Garth Johnson, Paul Scott, Robert Silverman, Vipoo Srivilasa, and Jason Walker.
Inspired by Made in China curator and Ferrin Contemporary Director Leslie Ferrin’s recent travels in China, the series kicks off at Independent Art Projects (IAP) in North Adams, MA with a public reception and gallery talk
on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. The series then continues with exhibitions at Miami Projects (Miami, FL) – on view from Tuesday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 – and the New York Ceramics Fair (New York, NY) – on view from Thursday, Jan. 22 through Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, as well as public talks at Harvard Ceramics in Allston, MA on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at 5:30 p.m., and at the New York Ceramics Fair in New York, NY on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.
Sponsored as a guest lecturer by the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Ferrin traveled to China in June and July 2014 with the aim of gaining a greater understanding of the cross-cultural collaboration, production, and appropriation occurring in the New Export Ware movement. During her visit, Ferrin visited ceramic workshops in Jingdezhen and Chongqing, where – similar to the historical model of export ware – skilled Chinese artisans, produce contemporary works for Western markets under the direction of visiting Western artists.
"After my visit to China, it was clear that this growing movement of Western artists engaging with Chinese artisans to provide works for international markets was urging a contemporary re-definition of export-ware,” says Ferrin. “It is a dynamic relationship with appropriation and collaboration occurring in both directions, and we are fortunate that we will be able to truly explore the relationship, with multiple exhibitions over the coming year.”
Slated to run through 2015, a full listing of Made in China events, exhibitions, and artists may be found at ferrincontemporary.com/madeinchina with additional dates added periodically.
About Ferrin Contemporary
Ferrin Contemporary specializes in ceramic art produced circa 1950 to the present, with a growing emphasis international ceramic artistis. For more than thirty years, collectors, institutions, and the media have made Ferrin Contemporary their preferred source for artwork by established and emerging artists and designers whose primary medium is clay. Visit ferrincontemporary.com to learn more.