NEW YORK CITY — The Jane Hartsook Gallery recently wrapped up Ceramics Now (New York, July 14 – August 11), a group exhibition featuring Giselle Hicks, Margaret Lanzetta, Sheila Pepe and Halsey Rodman. The art in this exhibition represented the body of work created during their short-term residencies at Greenwich House Pottery. The exhibition, bringing together these artists for the first time, examined their respective idiosyncratic approach to the material of clay.
Above image: Halsey Rodman, I Am Thinking of a Reverse Sunset, 2016
The Residency is designed to support artists and their projects. At GHP we offer artists a chance to learn from clay in a direct way and to foster connections between artist, material and the larger ceramics community. Ultimately, these efforts introduce more artists to the pleasure of clay and new perspectives that ceramics uniquely provides. At the Pottery we facilitate relationships where artists can come together to work out ideas and create a new body of work through in-depth involvement in a social sphere rich in history, culture, expertise and ideas. Community and collaboration at the Pottery are cultivated through discussions between faculty, students, staff as well as immersion in the Pottery’s West Village Community. Our goal is to strengthen our relationship to communities and to nurture creative work within them.
Margaret Lanzetta, Sheila Pepe and Halsey Rodman are New York-based artists known for their art in other disciplines. Their time spent as Residents was used to familiarize them with the material and to produce a body of work that they would otherwise not be able to see through to fruition. These artists were given time, space and technical assistance to actualize their ideas. Giselle Hicks, an artist living in Helena, Montana, was this year’s Fellow. Her time in residence was used to expand upon and produce an entirely new body of work. The fellowship allowed her the time and space within New York City to work but also to be part of the diverse and vital community we have to offer.
Text (edited) and images courtesy of the gallery.
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