Corporeal Impulse

January 21 to April 12, 2014
Small Gallery
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 8th, 4 – 6 p.m.
Guest curated by Allyson Unzicker

Corporeal Impulse is a group exhibition featuring five West Coast artists who work primarily with clay. The exhibition focuses on the implications between clay and the body as both a cognitive and intuitive process. As a physically involved medium, clay is capable of recording the artist’s presence and affecting the viewer through its materiality, its handmade nature creating an empathetic appeal. The works explore ceramics sculpturally, challenging the inherent limitations of clay whilst critically engaging with its decorative history. From simplistic to complex forms, Corporeal Impulse investigates the body in clay through various contexts such as gender, identity, biological systems, and temporality thus denying a simple linear understanding of ceramics and instead proving its potentiality as a timeless medium.

Participating artists: Julia Haft-Candell, Matt Merkel Hess, Jeffry Mitchell, Kathleen Ryan, Bari Ziperstein

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    Saturday, February 8, 4 to 6 PM
    Opening Reception

    Saturday, February 22, 2PM
    Artist Walkthrough with Julia Haft-Candell and Matt Merkel Hess
    Join artists Julia Haft-Candell and Matt Merkel Hess as they talk about their work in Corporeal Impulse with curator Allyson Unzicker.

    Artist Bios:
    Julia Haft-Candell received her MFA from Cal State Long Beach (2010) and is currently the Lincoln Visiting Artist in Ceramics at Scripps College and Claremont Graduate University. Recent solo and group exhibitions include: Heroes, Carter & Citizen, Los Angeles and Terrains, ACME, Los Angeles. Haft-Candell lives and works in Los Angeles.

    Matt Merkel Hess received his MFA from UCLA (2010). Recent solo exhibitions include: Oeuvreday, James Harris Gallery, Seattle; Hereafter, Salon 94, New York; Anvils, ACME, Los Angeles. Merkel Hess lives and works in Los Angeles.

    Wednesday, March 19, 7:30 PM
    Artist Walkthrough with Kathleen Ryan and Bari Ziperstein
    Join artists Kathleen Ryan and Bari Ziperstein as they talk about their work in Corporeal Impulse with curator Allyson Unzicker.

    Artist Bios:
    Kathleen Ryan is an MFA candidate at UCLA (2014). Recent solo and group exhibitions include: Screens, & Pens Press, Los Angeles and Give Good Art, ForYourArt at the Hammer Museum’s Arts ReStore LA, Los Angeles. Ryan lives and works in Los Angeles.

    Bari Ziperstein received her MFA from California Institute of the arts (2004). Recent solo and group exhibitions include: Decorative Protection, 5 Car Garage at Emma Gray HQ, Los Angeles; 1,095: One Year’s Worth of Other People’s Plates’, LACMA; FORÊT INTÉRIEURE/INTERIOR FOREST, 18th Street Projects, Los Angeles. Ziperstein lives and works in Los Angeles.