Black Book Gallery is pleased to announce Quick Hello — a one-night only exhibition featuring the work of four young artists each working in ceramics: Katie Kimmel, Janiece Maddox, Lorien Stern, and Emily Yong Beck. The event will take place on Saturday, August 7th from 7-10pm. All works on view are for sale and buyers can take their purchases home with them.
Quick Hello brings together the work of four female artists and friends, all of whom explore ceramics as their primary medium. An ancient art form that dates back approximately 26,000 years, ceramics exist on a spectrum that ranges from functional design to conceptual art. The artists in Quick Hello each employ the ceramic medium to channel their own creative visions, allowing for unexpected dialogues between each exhibited piece, many of which take the form of playful and joy-inspiring creatures.
Katie Kimmel received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015 with a focus in ceramic sculpture. Now based in the Mojave Desert, Katie’s work is heavily influenced by the love of her three dogs — Pony, Muffin and Boss — as well as other mischievous characters, both real and imagined. The exuberance and humor embedded in her ceramic creations is balanced by the fragility — and history — of the medium itself.
Lorien Stern is a full-time artist living in Inyokern, California, a small town in the Western Mojave Desert. She makes ceramic art in addition to running a small brand consisting of clothing, home goods, and accessories. Lorien’s work combines bright colors, playful shapes and joyful characters, all of which are intended to invoke happiness in the viewer. Themes of nature, celebration, and death are recurring subjects throughout Lorien’s art, which combines elements of pop surrealism with the tradition of clay-based craft. Lorien received her BFA from California College of the Arts in 2013.
Janiece Maddox is an interdisciplinary artist based in Iowa City, Iowa, currently working towards her BFA in ceramics at The University of Iowa. Her work addresses concepts of reality by contemplating the influence that societal institutions have on children. She uses nostalgic imagery, strident colors, and imagined spaces to conceptualize the liminal space between this world and the next.
Emily Yong Beck is an interdisciplinary ceramic artist whose works are largely inspired by craft and significant cultural narratives, while also injecting a playful perspective that remixes pop culture characters with weighty motifs reminiscent of ancient civilizations. By appropriating certain elements in her work and combining disparate art genres — such as kitsch figurines, nods to bourgeois culture and irreverent icons of domesticity, Emily acknowledges forgotten histories in an approachable and lighthearted way.
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