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Contemporary Ceramics: Glazed, Fired, and Queer

Contemporary Ceramics: Glazed, Fired, and Queer


'Sexual Politics: Gender, Sexuality, and Queerness in Contemporary Ceramics' is the vessel for personal expression in this exhibit.

Complicated expressions of sexuality, gender identity, and queerness take form in the contemporary ceramics featured in a new exhibit at the Northern Clay Center's Main Gallery in Minneapolis.

"Sexual Politics: Gender, Sexuality, and Queerness in Contemporary Ceramics" features six artists, in a variety of stages in their careers, giving voice to themes of sexual politics, from quiet suggestions to overt statements, in a full variety of ceramic expressions: functional vessels, wall tiles, and sculptural forms.

In the past four decades, our society has seen dramatic shifts in the visibility and social acceptance of sexual and gender identities and expressions once dismissed simply as deviant. Through humor, irony, and tension, "Sexual Politics" aims to acknowledge these changes and invite the viewer in.

"Sexual Politics: Gender, Sexuality, and Queerness in Contemporary Ceramics"
Curated by Kelly Connole at the Northern Clay Center
March 13 to April 26, 2015
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Main Gallery

Queer-ceramics_02_0Mark Burns, Jolly Rogers (Treasure Island) Ver. 3, circa 2000, ceramic, glaze, mixed media, 24" x 24" x 10".

Queer-ceramics_01_0Dustin Yager, Untitled (Conversation Piece: Lips and Legs), 2014, ceramic, 17" x 17" x 19" and 17" x 21" x 21".

Queer-ceramics_03_0Dustin Yager

Dustin-yagerx633_0Dustin Yager (detail)

Queer-ceramics_05_0 Ron Geibel, Everything is Perfect

Queer-ceramics_06_0 Mark Burns, Uncle Mark's Celebrity Sexcapades

Queer-ceramics_07_0Jeremy Brooks,Chuckaboo, 2014, ceramic decals, commercial porcelain plate, 10.25" x 10.25" x 1"

Jeremy-brooks Jeremy Brooks (detail)

Queer-ceramics_09_0 Jeremy Brooks, Chuckaboo. This work depicts two Victorian gentleman: one is standing while the other is kneeling with an arm extended toward the other's pubic area. The title of the work, "Chuckaboo" is a Victorian term for close friends. The illustration was created using a collage of commercial / hobby ceramic decals and is presented upon a commercial blank porcelain plate.

Jeremy-brooks_detailx633_0 Jeremy Brooks (detail)

Queer-ceramics_11_0Kathy King,You Are Sooo Transgendered, 2008, carved porcelain, glaze, china paint

Queer-ceramics_13_0 Kathy King, Who Do You Serve? (State)

Queer-ceramics_15_0 Kathy King, Sue Plate, 2008, carved porcelain, glaze, 13" x 13" x 2"

Queer-ceramics_17_0Christina West, Misfits, 2014, glazed ceramic, pigmented Hydrocal, paint, epoxy, 27" x 18" x 15". Photo credit: Eddie Ing.

Queer-ceramics_18_0 Christina West

Queer-ceramics_19_0Ron Geibel,Strike (detail), 2015, porcelain, luster, 30" x 31" x 8'

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