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Ceramic Material and Material Culture: Contemporary Ceramic Art


Turkish and North American artists explore ceramics and mixed media in a group show
presented by
Queens College and Flushing Town Hall November 19, 2011 through January 19, 2012

Where:

Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY

When: Saturday, November 19, 2011 – Thursday, January 19, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 19, 2011 5 – 7 pm
Pre-reception Artists talk: Saturday, November 19, 2011 2 – 4 pm
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, noon – 5 pm (other times by appointment)
Gallery Contacts: For more info: (718) 463-7700, ext. 222
www.flushingtownhall.org
Featured Artists: Eliza Au, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Burçak Bingöl, Istanbul, Turkey
Zehra Çobanlı, Eskişehir, Turkey
Sanam Emami, Fort Collins, Colorado
Julia Galloway, Missoula, Montana
Ayşe Aysun Sandıkcıoğlu, Izmir, Turkey
Anat Shiftan, New Paltz, New York
Curator: Sin-ying Ho, Associate Professor
Deputy Chair of Studio Art, Queens College Art Dept.
Ceramics Workshop: Saturday, December 3rd, 2 - 4 pm
$5/free for members
Ages 5 and up


FLUSHING, NY, November 4, 2011 -- Since clay was first fired, artisans have prized the practical and ornamental properties of ceramics. Building on that fact, a novel show at Flushing Town Hall will display ceramics and mixed-media pieces by seven contemporary ceramists from Turkey and North America. Co-presented by Queens College in conjunction with its "Year of Turkey" initiative, "Ceramic Material and Material Culture" will include wall hangings, sculpture, and photographs that echo the beauty of Turkey and its distinctive tile-making tradition. Akin to the medieval Anatolian craftsmen who responded to Chinese porcelain, the artists in this exhibition are participating in a vibrant cross-cultural exchange.

 

Eliza Au is fascinated by patterns; her influences range from architectural decoration in Ottoman Empire mosques to Gothic cast iron. Burçak Bingöl uses European tradition as a metaphorical structure. Zehra Çobanlı takes pride in relying on the raw materials of Eskişehir, Turkey. Sanam Emami is inspired by pre-Islamic and Islamic art and architecture spanning the cultures of the Silk Road. Julia Galloway says that her installation takes cues from the aesthetics of Iznik pottery and the vast open spaces of the American West. Ayşe Aysun Sandıkcıoğlu composes sculpture that alludes to Ottoman, Anatolian, and Middle Eastern cultures. Anat Shiftan conducts dialogues between Asian and European ceramics in her work.

 

This exhibition is supported by Queens College Foundation, Inc., the Art Department of Queens College, Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts at historic Flushing Town Hall, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Dominick and Rose Ciampa Family Foundation, Bloomberg, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey, Canada Council for the Arts, Kiska Construction, the Marmara Manhattan, Smart Juice, Kuru Kahveci Mehmet Efendi, Baklavaci Güllüoğlu, Tadim, and Vintage Food.

 

For more information about the Year of Turkey, please visit
http://www.qc.cuny.edu/Academics/GlobalEd/YearOfTurkey/Pages/default.aspx

 


 
 

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