Evidenced by such ancient curiosities as the 29,000-year-old Venus of Dolní Věstonice figurine, ceramics boast a fascinating history as one of the oldest forms of artistic expression. But with that nearly unparalleled history comes a fairly nebulous identity due in part to its flexibility as a medium for both functional and decorative objects. Clouding the issue further, arty types are quick to categorize ceramics as “craft” over fine art.
Uniting UTSA students, faculty and alumni, the summer group show “Vitrified” tackles these and other conundrums in an effort to prove that “ceramics are not limited to the familiar dinnerware.” Designed to “promote the importance of the ceramic arts,” the exhibition borrows its name from the firing process that renders clay impermeable. Co-curated by Juan Vallejo and Ed Escobedo, the wide-ranging showcase puts varied contemporary practices and concepts into play, addressing everything from faith and fragility to plastic pollution and pop culture through the eyes of artists Cassia Allen, Mary Wuest, Elyse Grams and Ovidio Giberga, among others.
Free, opening reception 6-9pm Thu Aug 2-Fri Aug 3, on view noon-5pm Thu-Sat through August 18, Terminal 136, 136 Blue Star, (210) 458-4391, art.utsa.edu/terminal-136.
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