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SOFA CHICAGO 2012 - Lecrure Series

Festival Hall, Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
November 2nd, 2012 - November 3rd, 2012

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All lectures take place Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3 in rooms 324, 326 & 327 of Navy Pier's Festival Hall. Admission to the Lecture Series is included with purchase of SOFA ticket. 

SNAG Emerging Artists 2012

9 – 10 am  Room 324

Andrew Kuebeck Osirus Redux, 2011 sterling silver, fine silver, enamel, image transfer 3 x 1.5 x .25"
Three exceptional emerging jewelry artists: Heejin Hwang, Andrew Kuebeck, and Emanuela Duca speak about the development of their provocative jewelry. Artists represented by (in order of listing): Pistachios, Chicago, Charon Kransen Arts, New York, and Hedone Gallery, Leonia, NJ
Presented by the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)

Fiber Art: Five Voices, Five Views

9 – 10:30 am  Room 327

Georgia Zwartjes African Arabica, 2011 recycled: coffee filters, coffee bean bag, kente cloth, potholder loops 25 x 50 x 3" Photo: Ansen Seale
Artists Judith Content, Lewis Knauss, Lanny Bergner, Amy Honchell and Georgia Zwarties talk about their recent work and exhibitions. Artists represented by (in order of listing): Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe, NM (Content and Knauss), Snyderman-Works Galleries, Philadelphia (Bergner and Honchell) and Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago
Presented by Friends of Fiber Art International

What’s the Future of the Figure?

9:30 - 10:30 am  Room 326

Introvert, 2011 cast glass 74.75 x 21.75 x 8"
Artist Ivana Šrámková makes distilled figurative forms, many larger than life, cast in translucent glass.  Her 2011 solo exhibition, I Can’t Stop, at Prague’s top contemporary art center, DOX, was the first by an artist using glass. Using non-western references while crafting the extraordinary from the everyday, Šrámková says that in the age of abstract glass sculpture her realism seemed revolutionary. In a conversation with gallerist Katya Heller, Šrámková discusses the path of her figuration, its influences and its future.  Šrámková is represented by Heller Gallery, NY

Gothic: Jewelry on the Edge

10 –11 am  Room 324

Using the Metalsmith Exhibition in Print, Gothic Jewelry: Sinister Pleasures (a special exhibit at SOFA CHICAGO 2012), Marjorie Simon, craft writer and jeweler, discusses Gothic influence and inspiration in contemporary jewelry. Who were the Goths anyway?  To what do we attribute their continuing influence?
Presented by Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)

Taste & Site: surveying the new senses of textile art

10:30 – 11:30 am  Room 327

Elodie Antoine Chaise Turgescente, 2007 printed cotton-lycra jersey and chair dimensions variable
What is textile art today, now that concept-fueled work deems materials passé, obsessive inquiries fret over the meaning of repetition, and politically charged commentaries question acceptable conditions of production? This lecture focuses on the thorny issue of cultural taste and the unique importance of physical site in European exhibitions of contemporary textile art. Dr. Jessica Hemmings is the recipient of the SOFA 2011 research grant, New Voices: A Grant for Discourse on International Contemporary Art and Design.
Presented by Friends of Fiber Art International

Drawing and the Ceramic Vessel

11 am to 12 noon  Room 326

Large Covered Jar, 2012 wood-fired salt/soda glazed stoneware 27 x 21 x 20"
Josh DeWeese discusses his painted ceramic vessels, vehicles for expression and the exploration of drawing in the round. Images unfold as they move around the form, lines moves in and out of view with the varied transparency of a glaze, and wood firing enhances or obliterates images, building depth and mystery in the ceramic surface. Represented by Mindy Solomon Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL

Killer Jewels

12:30 – 1:30 pm  Room 324

Mitotic Cell, 2002 brooch: sterling silver, resin, neodymium magnets, glass Petri dish 3.15 x 3.15 x .5" Photo Credit: Digital by Design

Canadian artist and jeweler Paul McClure shares his fascination with microbiology, pathology and genetics to reveal the attraction and fear of the invisible that lurks within us.  Represented by L.A. Pai Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

Presented by Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)

Changing Perspectives in Contemporary Wood Art

12:30 – 1:30 pm  Room 326

Ted Lott Sit, Stay pine, found mahogany 39 x 33 x 30"
Who determines what is beautiful in contemporary wood art? You might be surprised! Do curators, collectors and gallerists share similar standards? And what about artists? Using objects from the current Collectors of Wood Art special exhibition at SOFA, curator Charlotte Wainwright Ph.D, Hon AIA and founding director of the Gregg Museum of Art & Design at North Carolina State University with artists Joey Richardson, Clay Foster, and Ted Lott discuss different criteria and perspectives that shaped the exhibition. Artists represented by (in order of listing): Riley Galleries, Cleveland, OH (Richardson and Foster), William Zimmer Gallery, Mendocino, CA
Presented by Collectors of Wood Art

The Studio Glass Movement: A Driver's Manual

12:30 – 1:30 pm  Room 327

Lino Tagliapietra and Dante Marioni at Pilchuck Glass School
Fifty years ago, what has become known as the Studio Glass Movement began with a pair of workshops taught by Harvey Littleton and Dominc Labino. The blossoming of the movement has been the result of artists sharing with one another their vision and techniques. Education has been a driving force, and artist communities -- including Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts and Pilchuck Glass School -- have played a leading role. The directors of these organizations and renowned artist-teachers discuss the role of learning and teaching in the creative development of the medium.  
Moderator: James Baker, Executive Director, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle with panelists: Jean McLaughlin, Executive Director, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, Stuart Kestenbaum, Director, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME, and artist/educators Daniel Clayman, represented by Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI, Jack Wax and Amy Rueffert.

Outsider Art 101

2 – 3 pm  Room 326

Frank Signoretti Untitled (Madonna with Child), 1966-1971 buttons sewn on velvet 60 x 36" Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art Gift of Frank Signoretti
Explore the origin and history of outsider art with author Michael Bonesteel, internationally regarded scholar of outsider and self-taught art, and Adjunct Associate Professor in Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His publications include Henry Darger: Art and Selected Writings and essays in Art in America; Artforum and Raw Vision, among others.
Presented by Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago

The Beauty Within

2 - 3 pm  Room 324

Bowl Form, 2008 porcelain and glass 6.5 x 16 x 16"
Artist Bonnie Seeman discusses her use of the utilitarian object as a means for narration. Her work, consisting of porcelain and glass, blends the macabre with the beautiful, acting as a metaphor for the fragility and resiliency of life. Using her interest in morphology and anatomy, she presents the viewer with a detailed examination of the living structures of the natural world. Represented by Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis

Craft and New Technology : A Continuum of Creativity

2:30 - 3:30 pm  Room 327

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts established a fab lab, a small scale digital fabrication studio, in collaboration with the Center for Bits and Atoms at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The new technology- a laser cutter, milling machine, 3-D printer, CNC router and other equipment is used to augment and complement more traditional studio practices. The collaboration with MIT has led to exciting developments and connections with other fields. Stuart Kestenbaum, Director, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts highlights the collaboration between Haystack and MIT, looks at ways the technology is being used, and examines future directions and programs.
Presented by Chubb Personal Insurance

ETA::TBA: still conjugating

4 – 5 pm  Room 324

Frieze Series III Granite Stele 4, 2011 18 x 12 x 8"
Artist Anne Currier muses on her evolution as a ceramic sculptor.  Represented by Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA

Sculptural Environments in Self-Taught Art

4 – 5 pm  Room 326

Nek Chand Untitled (Female Figure), 1965 concrete and mortar with bangled-glass mosaic applique 29.5 x 18 x 11" Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art Gift of National Children's Museum, Washington, DC
What would it be like if one became obsessive about transforming their personal surroundings into works of art? Panelists Terri Yoho, historic preservation expert, Michael Noland, artist, and Laura Bickford, researcher discuss vernacular art environments including Simon Rodia's Watts Towers, Los Angeles; James Tellen’s Woodland Sculpture Garden, Wisconsin; Emery Blagdon's "Healing Machines” and Mr. Imagination’s large environmental pieces in Chicago. 
Presented by Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago

50 at 50

4:00 – 5:30 pm  Room 327

Nine prominent critics and curators were asked by GLASS Quarterly magazine to help select the 50 artists from the past 50 years of studio glass they think most relevant for the next 50 years. Results were published in the Summer 2012 edition of the magazine. Jurors Tina Oldknow, curator, Andrew Page, editor, William Warmus, curator, and James Yood, educator discuss the selection process and answer audience questions.
The top ten artists selected were Chihuly, Brychtova/Libensky, Littleton, Wilmarth, McElheny, Smith, Vallien, Tagliapietra, Eisch, and Vizner.  For more details, click here: http://tinyurl.com/glassmagazinetop50

Jason Holley: a new breed of artist

11 am - 12 noon  Room 327

Shelter, 2012 stoneware, cone 06, raku glaze, newsprint reduction, acrylic 27 x 17″ (puddle of failure is variable) Photo Credit Mark Bennett
An informal, illustrated discussion between emerging artist Jason Holley and writer / curator Gloria Hickey, addressing Holley's raku ceramic chainmaille sculpture, it’s inspiration and how it is indicative of a new, post-disciplinary trend shaped by influences outside of ceramics– such as textiles and metal– as well as the traditional ways of learning how to work with clay. Hickey is the recipient of the Betty Park Award for Critical Writing in the USA, among others. Holley is represented by L. A. Pai Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

The Big Bag Truth: Linking Art to the Environment

11 am - 12 noon  Room 326

Artist Ann Savageau tells the story of Bags Across the Globe (BAG), a global intervention conceived and carried out by Savageau from 2008 to the present. This ongoing project links art and design to a pressing contemporary environmental issue, the pollution and animal deaths caused by plastic shopping bags. Created by Ann Savageau, artist and professor, with the assistance of Chris Beer, principal curator, UC Davis Design Museum, and Design student Jessica Dutt. Savageau is represented by Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago
Presented by Design Department, University of California, Davis

Intersections: Ideas, Process, Media, and Scale

11 am - 12 noon  Room 324

Shear, 2011 wood and glue 70 x 30 x 12"
Barbara Cooper discusses her recent works in wood, iron, glass, and Tyvek, examining what happens when ideas become embodied in different media. Represented by Perimeter Gallery, Chicago

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: A place for emerging artists and master teachers

12:30 – 1:30 pm  Room 324

Maple Pot, 2006 spalted sugar maple 10 x 11” Collection Jane & Arthur Mason
Great teachers grow from lessons learned and lessons taught; makers grow through what they observe as well as what they create. Bill May, Executive Director of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, discusses  the role of artist residency programs in providing emerging artists time and space to develop a body of work while observing and interacting with master teachers and makers. Artist David Ellsworth addresses the relationship between process and product, and the health and hazards of workshop and academic learning environments. Reflecting on his 30 year history of teaching and using visual examples of his personal work in woodturning, he describes how an artist’s voice can develop in a workshop environment combined with constructivist learning techniques, and what artists and craftspersons have to look forward to as both students and makers.  Ellsworth is represented by William Zimmer Gallery, Mendocino, CA
Presented by Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

More Than One to Make One--A Look at the Jewelry of Kiff Slemmons

12:30 – 1:30 pm  Room 327

8 Squares, 1 Rectangle, 2011 handmade paper, leather 24 x 20 x .5" photo credit: Rod Slemmons
Jeweler Kiff Slemmons examines ideas about scale and classification, imperfection, value in materials, and the capacity of materials for metaphor. She will show how these inquiries over the last 25 years led to designing jewelry with handmade paper for a cooperative in Oaxaca, Mexico and how 'more than one to make one' functions as an idea throughout the making of an individual piece, a series, and the installation of an exhibition.  
Presented by Art Jewelry Forum

Work, Play, Hills and Thrills: New Challenges in Studio Pottery

12:30 – 1:30 pm  Room 326

Tree Jar, 2012 midrange white stoneware 10 x 7.5 x 11"
2012 NCECA Emerging Artist Chandra DeBuse makes functional ceramic vessels that impart a sense of play and engage viewers through use and exploration of narrative imagery, pattern and form. DeBuse discusses the development of her artwork as well as the opportunities and challenges encountered by an early career studio potter.  Represented by Sherrie Gallery, Columbus, OH
Presented by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA)

Pioneers Of American Studio Glass, Part One

2 – 3 pm  Room 327

Artists Marvin Lipofsky, Joel Philip Myers, Jack Schmidt and Mary Shaffer discuss the history, present and future of the glass movement. Moderated by Tina Oldknow, curator of modern glass, Corning Museum of Glass. This is the first of two panels presented by AACG in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the movement’s inception.  Artists represented by (in order of listing): Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI (Schmidt and Shaffer)
Presented by Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG)

Outsider Art 101

2 - 3 pm  Room 326

Simon Sparrow Untitled, 1987 glitter and mixed media 5 x 32.5 x 2.5" Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art Gift of Lael and Eugenie Johnson
Explore the origin and history of outsider art with author Michael Bonesteel, internationally regarded scholar of outsider and self-taught art, and Adjunct Associate Professor in Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His publications include Henry Darger: Art and Selected Writings and essays in Art in America, Artforum, and Raw Vision, among others.
Presented by Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago

Unforgettable Dinnerware: Creating a Dream Museum in the 21st Century, One Place Setting at a Time

2 – 3 pm  Room 324

William Parry Knife Fork Spoon 28, 1994 stoneware, black copper oxide K: 17 x 4.5 x 4.5", F: 16 x 5 x 5", S: 19.5 x 4.5 x 4.5" Gift of Mandy Parry and Brian Oglesbee Photo courtesy of Brian Oglesbee
Imagine this exhibit -- Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, MOMA–loaned Meret Oppenheim’s fur-lined cup, saucer and spoon, 1960’s aluminum TV dinner trays, Dirk Staschke’s Confectionary Facade, Frederick Hurten Rhead’s radioactive Fiesta Ware with a Geiger counter, plaster mold from Eva Zeisel’s Hallcraft dinnerware, and a Bill Parry Knife Fork and Spoon sculpture. Where? The Dinnerware Museum, an exciting new work-in-progress, Ann Arbor, MI.
Presented by Dr. Margaret Carney, Museum Director, The Dinnerware Museum, Ann Arbor, MI

Pioneers Of American Studio Glass, Part Two

3 – 4 pm  Room 327

In a continuation of the previous panel, Mark Peiser, Toots Zynsky, Fritz Dreisbach and Henry Halem discuss the history, present and future of the glass movement. Moderated by Ferd Hampson, founder and owner, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI. This is the second of two panels presented by AACG in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the movement’s inception.  Artists represented by (in order of listing): Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Hawk Galleries, Columbus, OH, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI
Presented by Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG)

Among Fellows: A Conversation with Bruce Pepich

3:30 - 4:30 pm  Room 324

Bruce Pepich Director, Racine Art Museum
American Craft Council (ACC) Honorary Fellow Bruce Pepich, Director of the Racine Art Museum, discusses his career as a champion of craft in an open conversation with Perry Price, ACC Director of Education.
Presented by the American Craft Council, Minneapolis in conjunction with the SOFA CHICAGO special exhibit Among Fellows: An Exhibition of Work by the 2012 College of Fellows

Mr. Imagination’s Visionary Art

4 – 5 pm  Room 326

Mr. Imagination Untitled Totem composite stone and found objects 80 x 32 x 30" Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art Gift of Lyn M. Wolfson
In memory of legendary self-taught artist Gregory Warmak a.ka. Mr. Imagination (1948-2012), Intuit’s founding member and former executive director Cleo Wilson presents the life and work of Mr. Imagination - come listen to the stories behind his pieces and how he transformed discarded objects into works of art. The presentation will be followed by a walk-through of the SOFA CHICAGO 2012 special exhibit with collectors Sherry Siegel and Robert Alter.  
Presented by by Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago in conjunction with the SOFA CHICAGO special exhibit: Eye of Mr. I: A Tribute

The Narrative Figures of Craig Mitchell

4:30 - 5:30 pm  Room 327

Heirlooms 2, 2010 porcelain and wire 20.5 x 11 x 6.25" Photo Credit: Shannon Tofts
UK artist Craig Mitchell discusses the generation of ideas and technical processes involved in making his porcelain figures. Inspired by 50’s and 60’s European cartoonists and illustrators, his sculptures serve to inform us of the constant unraveling of events in contemporary culture and universal themes such as love, loss and our roles in society. Ideas are often expressed using humor to ‘sugar the pill’, drawing the reader into a narrative before titles or symbols suggest alternative, sometimes darker interpretations. Represented by Craft Scotland, Edinburgh

Human Forms

5 - 6 pm  Room 324

Tsumujikaze (In a Whirlwind), 2012 toso, silk, antique Kimono, antique gold and silver ornament 6.5 x 4 x 11.75"
Artist Junko Narita, born in Kyoto, has studied traditional Japanese dance all her life, and by so doing, has been able to learn everything connected with traditional Japanese arts - the clothing and customs, history and literature, instruments and singing, seasons and social hierarchy, language and meaning - absorbing it quite naturally through experience.  Narita discusses the rich history and cultural symbolism of the Japanese doll, her modern techniques, and the stories behind her original works. Represented by Ippodo Gallery, New York