Raising Dust

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Editorial Review


By Michael O’Sullivan
Friday, May 10, 2013

Art that has been plopped in office--building lobbies is nothing new. But downtown’s Carroll Square actually has its own small gallery, offering a rotating selection of top--notch exhibitions, curated by Hemphill Fine Arts.

On Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., the gallery will host an opening reception for “Raising Dust,” a group show of envelope--pushing ceramic artists.

Don’t expect the usual boring bowls and vases. The show features five innovators ---- Margaret Boozer, Akemi Maegawa, Melissa Mytty, Matt Price and Matt Ziemke ---- whose work pushes clay in unusual directions.

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Mr. O'Sullivan ought to educate himself about the meaning of the term "ceramic". Unfired clay objects are not "ceramic", they are simply unfired materials. The archival print illustrated is not ceramic. This is a mixed-media exhibition if the print is not fired! Perhaps he also may educate himself on "the usual boring bowls and vases"...While the Western Fine Art culture has atrophied itself with narrow definitions of art, Eastern cultures have had a long, glorious history of the appreciation of pottery that continues to this day. Mr. O'Sullivan ought not so casually denigrate other forms of art especially when it is easy to note plenty of the "usual boring paintings and sculptures" that populate so many contemporary "fine art" venues