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Jury Smith

On Exhibit
March 3
April 30, 2016

Opening Reception
Thursday, March 3, 2016
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Admission: Members/Free, Non-members/$10

Ledge II - Midnight Sun
Earthenware and glaze
19" x 26" x 10"

Blue-Grey + Orange Shift
Earthenware and glaze
17" x 26" x 9"

Ledge I - Green Flash
Earthenware and glaze
18" x 26" x 9"

About the Exhibit
Source focuses on attentive viewing. The sculptures comprising the exhibition aim to explore formal attributes of scale, complexity, temperature, saturation, and so on, and seek to investigate how these attributes work together to inform perception. The exhibition also highlights the relationship between viewing duration and perception, from a philosophical viewpoint and a purely aesthetic view. 

Source is an exhibit of reductive and process-driven earthenware clay sculpture created by Jury Smith, who is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Works in this exhibition explore a high spatial contrast linear glazing system whereby atmospheric perspective and placement of linear components referencing horizon or water lines work in unison to create spatial contrast. Source will be on display March 3 through April 30, 2016.

Throughout the complex building process for each piece in this exhibition, the clay form is suspended in slings made of various types of material, each possessing its own unique properties (elasticity, weave, strength) to allow the support to impact nuances in the form. Finished objects are bisque fired, placed into a large pool of water, with the waterline of the floating object recorded on the surface. Following this record, the glazing marks the object’s buoyancy and density. The line embodies the space, or breadth, held within the object that prevents it from sinking.

Jury says “some pieces are glazed with a slanted horizon, as if it is about to pivot off the form. In this vein, I am also interested in the effects of spatial disorientation. An example of this type of disorientation would be viewing the horizon from a ship that is turning.”

The exhibition promises to bring an entirely new perspective to art created from one of the oldest mediums on the planet.


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