John Gill, José Sierra

July 28 – September 16, 2017
Gallery Opening Reception: Friday July 28, 5 - 7pm

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Within the singular styles of John Gill and José Sierra, each artist explores abstract constructed form, intricate pattern and intense color.

John Gill is a Professor of Ceramic Art at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and MFA from Alfred University. He has presented lectures and workshops in the US and internationally for over thirty years. His work is held in the permanent collections of numerous art museums including the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Newark Museum, New Jersey and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The moment John Gill knew he wanted to be a ceramic artist? "When somebody told me that you couldn't make a sculpture out of clay." He assembles slabs of clay quickly and improvisationally, embracing the moments when things don’t work out the way they are supposed to – and “the result is wondrous.” His combinations of color are unexpected and exuberant. “All colors work together,” he states. “Some just have to work harder.”

José Sierra grew up in the Andes of Venezuela. While he is a mostly self-taught artist, he studied art at the University of the Andes in Mérida, Venezuela where he learned the basic skills of mixing clay and glazes, as well as wheel throwing. In 2000, José moved to the US where he was able to dedicate himself to his work full-time. He currently lives in Albuquerque, NM.

“The images and memories of coffee mills, intensely colored mountains, dramatic landscape, pre-Colombian art and architecture as well as contemporary design all combine to influence and inspire my work. By altering wheel-thrown porcelain and stoneware, my work fuses organic and geometrical forms, in which I express both the fluidity and abruptness of the shapes and lines in the landscapes and architecture that surround me.”

Sierra’s surfaces are achieved using multi-layered glazes and engobes embellished with “mapping” patterns of delicate masked lines and geometric shapes shadowing the forms of these impossibly thin-walled wheel-thrown pots.



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