Peter Christian Johnson and Todd Volz will share Santa Fe Clay’s gallery in early spring of 2013. Both employ the skills of an engineer or an inventor, as much as those of a traditional artist. Their industrial architectural artwork makes a complementary pairing.
Peter Christian Johnson’s work “is meant to straddle the present, simultaneously looking back to the past and toward the future. It catalogues the act of making, of constructing, of inventing, and reinventing.” He begins his work by drafting pieces in a 3-D computer modeling program. Complex armatures and paper templates aid him in building his work. His pieces are composites of thrown, press molded and slab-built sections. Peter has a BS in Environmental Science from Wheaton College, and an MFA from Pennsylvania State University. He has currently been awarded a long term residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT. When not in MT, he is an associate professor at Eastern Oregon University.
Todd Volz seamlessly combines clay, wood, metal, fabric and found objects in his imaginative sculptures. They are so convincing as a functional machine that you look for the ON switch, and expect them to have moving parts! His pieces are familiar to the viewer, like seeing an old mechanical object, but elusive enough to engage your curiosity about how they work. He also utilizes throwing, press molds and hand-built processes in each sculpture. The clay surfaces get several sprayed coats of terra sigillata, creating a metallic patina. Todd is currently the Studio Manager at Santa Fe Clay. He has a BA in Art Education and Art from the University of Wyoming, and an MFA from the University of Idaho.