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Ch&rsquo\;i Contemporary Fine Art


&ldquo\;T ea Bowls and tea bowls&rdquo\; Five Makers of Traditional Japanese Tea Cere mony Bowls:
Peter Callas\, Joe Campbell\, Kristin Muller\, Takao Okaz aki\, &\; Shane Sellers
June 12 - July 7\, 2008
Public Recept ion: June 13th\, 6 - 9 PM

Brooklyn\, NY Ch&rsquo\;i Contemporary Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of &ldquo\;Tea Bowls and tea b owls&rdquo\;\, a group exhibition of Japanese tea bowls by Peter Callas\, J oe Campbell\, Kristin Muller\, Takao Okazaki\, and Shane Sellers. Join us on Friday\, June 13th from 6 &ndash\; 9 PM for a public reception with th e artists at the gallery&rsquo\;s Williamsburg location of 293 Grand St. be tween Roebling and Havemeyer. The public is invited to attend this event a nd visit the gallery during regular hours: Wed &ndash\; Sun 11am &ndash\; 7 pm\, and Mon 9:00 am &ndash\; 5:00 pm. For more information contact the g allery at 718.218.8939.

Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony Bowl s have been a &ldquo\;staple&rdquo\; form in the ceramic arts for many cent uries. They have gone through a series of changes based on the historic er a in which they were made\, ceramic materials used to build them\, firing t echniques used to finish them\, and most importantly\, the individual &ldqu o\;taste&rdquo\; of the Tea Master procuring the bowls for use. There are Summer Bowl shapes\, Winter Bowl shapes\, and those &ldquo\;in between&rdqu o\; shapes that Okazaki jokingly claims are for late summer/early winter!

The exhibit consists of a minimum of 30 bowls\, at least 6 fr om each artist\, and will explore both the &ldquo\;traditional&rdquo\; styl es and techniques\, and the &ldquo\;not so traditional&rdquo\;. All 5 of t he artists work\, at times\, within the relatively tight constraints of vol ume and aesthetics that are mandated by traditional thinking about the Tea Bowl. All 5 artists also choose at times to &ldquo\;color outside the line s&rdquo\; when making a tea bowl. How are these different? Why are these different? Is one &ldquo\;type&rdquo\; by definition more artistic\, bette r suited for use\, or more &ldquo\;acceptable&rdquo\;? These are the quest ions posed by the artists\, to be answered by the audience that views the w ork. Soetsu Yanagi in his classic The Unknown Craftsman best describes thi s &ldquo\;shibui&rdquo\; concept as follows: &ldquo\;It is not a beauty dis played before the viewer by its creator &ndash\; creation here means\, rath er\, making a piece that will lead the viewer to draw beauty out of it for himself&rdquo\;.

The backgrounds and training of the participa ting artists represent a wide range\, from the traditional American MFA deg ree on one end\, to a 10 year apprenticeship with a &ldquo\;Living National Treasure&rdquo\; in Japan\, at the other (see artist bios on back of page) . These divergent learning paths provide both variety and life to the exhi bit\, and surprisingly enough\, have brought us all to a very similar &ldqu o\;place&rdquo\;. Each artist has been encouraged to show\, with their bow ls\, some very traditional pieces that adhere to the rigid constraints of s ize\, surface\, method\, and aesthetics\, established centuries ago by the Japanese Tea community. They have also been encouraged to exhibit some bowl s that will perhaps challenge these &ldquo\;rules&rdquo\; in a subtle &ndas h\; or not so subtle way. This exhibit is not a wistful look back into time &ndash\; not a rehash of things once done &ndash\; but a look at how conte mporary ceramic artists continue to be inspired by the beautiful bowls of o ld\, and how we see the Tea Bowl/tea bowl as both a part of our world&rsquo \;s aesthetic history\, and a very timely object of art for the 21st centur y.

Ch'i Contemporary Fine Art\, established in Williamsburg\, Brooklyn in 1999 and directed by Tracy Causey-Jeffery is committed to exhib iting vibrant contemporary art by living artists: both mid-career and emerg ing. Ch'i exhibits works in two distinct styles: abstract\, textural or fr agmented figurative. Ch'i hosts 11-15 exhibitions annually with their arti sts coming from across America\, Asia\, Europe and South America. In addit ion to its own exhibitions\, Ch'i participates annually in at least 3 inter national fairs. In 2007\, the gallery participated in Fountain NY and the Bridge Art Fairs in Chicago\, London\, and Miami. In 2008\, Chi will partic ipate in the first Bridge New York art fair in March. Additionally\, Ch'i a nd its artists have been published in Art World News\, NY Arts Magazine\, A rt Forum\, Art News\, Block Magazine\, New York Times\, The Village Voice\, New York Sun\, LA Times\, Korea Times and Art and Antiques among others. G allery artists are included in the permanent collections of Cantor Fitzgera ld\, The Musee Elysé\;e\, The Museum of the City of New York\, MOMA\, the Whitney Museum\, Exxon Energy\, Hong Kong Museum of Art\, the Bank of China\, the Kohler Company\, The New York Public Library\, The University o f Maryland\, Healthlink\, the Kimbell Museum\, the National Gallery of Aust ralia\, The Houston Museum and the Klutznick National Jewish Museum among o thers. Ch'i director\, Tracy Causey-Jeffery received her masters in art his tory from the University of London after interning at Sotheby&rsquo\;s auct ion house in New York City. Prior to opening Ch'i\, she owned and operated The Finer Side Galleries in Maryland and Washington\, D.C. for 7 years.







About the Artists:

< br />Peter Callas

Established present studio and kilns in 1980. Exhibited nationally and internationally\, including an Honorable Mention at the 6th International Ceramics Competition in Mino Japan. Other exhibi tion highlights include the Ichon World Ceramic Museum\, Ichon South Korea and The Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art\, Shigaraki Japan. In 2003\, he had a &ldquo\;30 Year Retrospective&rdquo\; at the Dai Ichi Arts Ltd.\, Ne w York NY.

Joe Campbell

Joe Campbell holds an MFA in Ceramics from The Ohio University\, Athens OH. Professional experience incl udes an Artist Residency at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Ne w Castle ME. In 2005\, he authored the article &ldquo\;Salt and Soda &ndas h\; a Contemporary Look&rdquo\; in Clay Times magazine.

Kristin Muller

An MFA Candidate at Hood College in Frederick MD\, Kristi n Muller has participated in a multitude of workshops with artists includin g Peter Voulkos\, Peter Callas\, Takao Okazaki and others. Selected exhibi tions include &ldquo\;Contemporary American Ceramics in Hokaido&rdquo\; Hok aido Japan and &ldquo\;Quill and Kiln&rdquo\; National Art Competition\, Oh r-Okeefe Museum\, Biloxi MS.

Takao Okazaki

Takao Ok azaki was born in Yamagata Prefecture\, Japan. Established studio and kiln in Dingmans Ferry PA and new studio in Yamagata Japan in 2001. Has studied painting with Modernist Hideyasu Senai and apprenticed with Master Potter Tokuro Kato &ndash\; designated as a &ldquo\;Living National Treasure for O ribe Works&rdquo\;.

Shane Sellers

Shane Sellers hol ds an MFA in 3-D Studies from the University of Massachusetts\, Amherst MA. Professional experience includes Workshop assistant - Peter Callas Studio s with Peter Voulkos\, Don Reitz\, and Rudy Autio. Shane has participated in the &ldquo\;IWCAT&rsquo\; 99&rdquo\;\, Tokoname International Ceramics F estival in Japan. He was also a Resident Artist\, IWCAT - Tokoname\, Japan in 1999.

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