Time, a collaborative exhibit by Blair Clemo and Jason Hackett is on display in the Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery from September 11 through November 7, 2015. The exhibit showcases an array of utilitarian and sculptural ceramic works measuring time through developed surfaces, symbolic image, and historic and geologic form. Physical characteristics of the works reflect time by the labors that go into making them, the history they appropriate, and the forms they result in. Delicate development of surface ornamentation and the tedious making of amassed quantities of pottery indicate very real but different quantifiers of time. Utilitarian and sculptural works, both unique/decorative and generic/ordinary speak to these ideas.
Blair Clemo is an Assistant Professor of Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. He received his MFA in Ceramics in 2010 from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Originally from Doylestown,Pennsylvania, Clemo spent many years studying ceramics and working at smallproduction potteries in Idaho and Montana. Clemo spent time as an artist-in-residence through the 2013 NCECA International Partnership Grant at Northern Clay Center (Minneapolis, MN), Da Wang Culture Highland (Shenzhen, China), Zentrum für Keramik (Berlin, Germany) and The International Ceramics Studio (Kecskemét, Hungary). Clemo’s utilitarian and installation work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally.
Jason Hackett is currently the Studio Manager for the Department of Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. Hackett received a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from VCU in 2005. Prior to obtaining his Master’s degree, Jason held studio management positions for Jun Kaneko and Pewabic Pottery Education Studio. His artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally at Alexandria Museum of Art, San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, Mobile Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Taubman Museum of Art, Museu da Cidade de Aviero in Portugal, Galateea Gallery in Bucharest, and Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Jason was awarded as a member of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship in 2013 for his collaged ceramic works.
Featured piece: Machine Ravine by Jason Hackett. Hand-machined ceramic, steel, found table top, 2014.