BURDENS OF HISTORY: NCECA ANNUAL EXHIBITION

CURATED BY ANNA WALKER

Anna Walker’s exhibition title, The Burdens of History, invites us to ruminate on the many ways that time’s passage compels the imagination to creative practice. With evoca-tive organizing concepts, the exhibition’s call appealed to artists working with historical touchstones to reach inno-vative concepts and practices. Ceramic art is perhaps the most earthbound of all creative forms. The very ground beneath our feet holds raw material and a repository of shards embedded with signifiers, influences, and origins. In Richard Powers’ novel Generosity (2009), a creative non-fiction course is engaged in a classroom argument about whether there are a fixed number of stories in the world. The instructor reflects that he ought to advise his students that there are only two: “the future arrives to smack around the past, or the past reaches out to strangle the future.” Playful and pugilistic, this characterization of creative nonfiction applies well to the critical dialogs artists carry on with the past. Anna Walker, our curator for the 2020 NCECA Annual has exposed rich veins of cultural deposits where newly evocative problems are discoverable. Anna’s curiosity, intelligence, and rigor bring us closer to the core paradox that undergirds artistic vision: our capacity to invent evolves out of remembering... with critical perspective, the past. Our gratitude for Anna’s work and vision also extends to the highly collaborative teams at our exhibition host venues, Visual Arts Center of Richmond and Glave Kocen Gallery. NCECA’s exhibitions program is dependent on the creative energies of makers that shape our field. We are indebted to all of the artists invited, juried, and those whose works were considered but not included in the exhibition. Projects Manager Kate Vorhaus and Communications Manager Candice Finn dedicated innumerable hours to making this exhibition and catalogue come to life. Our deepest appreciations go out for their efforts.

Untitled (Tobacco Barrel), 2019

Nadia Myre

Untitled (Tobacco Barrel), 2019

ceramic, oxides, and stainless steel thread

24 x 21 x 10 in (60.96 x 53.34 x 25.40 cm)

Greenbrier Morning, 2020

Elissa Armstrong

Greenbrier Morning, 2020

clay, glaze, luster, glitter, resin and tape

8 x 9 x 2 in (20.32 x 22.86 x 5.08 cm)

YMCA Neon, 2019

Nikki Lau

YMCA Neon, 2019

stoneware, spray paint, wood and epoxy

16 x 141 x 0.50 in (40.64 x 358.14 x 1.27 cm)

Short Guy Paint Huffer, 2019

Adams Puryear

Short Guy Paint Huffer, 2019

earthenware, polyomer and audio hardware

19 x 9 x 9 in (48.26 x 22.86 x 22.86 cm)

Hot Seat, 2017

Kelcy Chase Folsom

Hot Seat, 2017

maple plywood, filler and automotive paint

33 x 60 x 21 in (83.82 x 152.40 x 53.34 cm)

Lost in Translation - Lincoln, 2019

Steven Thurston

Lost in Translation - Lincoln, 2019

porcelain, high iron clays, industrial Castable and Black Elm

6 x 12 x 8 in (15.24 x 30.48 x 20.32 cm)

Slake, 2019

Qwist Joseph

Slake, 2019

digital prints on MDF

10 x 36 x 0.50 in (25.40 x 91.44 x 1.27 cm)

Out: Fieldwork, 2020

Jeremy Brooks

Out: Fieldwork, 2020

found object (altered Norman Rockwell inspired ceramic figurine)oil paint, epoxy, flocking and felt

5.50 x 5.75 x 4.50 in (13.97 x 14.60 x 11.43 cm)

Device for Filling a Void, 2019

Lauren Kalman

Device for Filling a Void, 2019

earthenware, gold-plated electroformed copper

12 x 10 x 10 in (30.48 x 25.40 x 25.40 cm)

urns, 2019

Akiko Jackson

urns, 2019

ceramic and steel

36 x 120 x 120 in (91.44 x 304.80 x 304.80 cm)

Centuripe Series: Oil Lamps, 2020

Lauren Sandler

Centuripe Series: Oil Lamps, 2020

earthenware, glaze and gold luster

16 x 10 x 10 in (40.64 x 25.40 x 25.40 cm)

Heart Burial Urn, 2019

Mike Strumbas

Heart Burial Urn, 2019

English grolleg porcelain, celadon glaze and gold luster

13.50 x 6 x 6 in (34.29 x 15.24 x 15.24 cm)

Tall Guy Paint Huffer, 2019

Adams Puryear

Tall Guy Paint Huffer, 2019

earthenware, glaze, polymer, and audio hardware

23 x 14 x 10 in (58.42 x 35.56 x 25.40 cm)

Blooop and mini Blooop, 2019

Alina Hayes

Blooop and mini Blooop, 2019

clay and rubber

15.50 x 12.50 x 5 in (39.37 x 31.75 x 12.70 cm)

Blue White Vessel, 2018

Wansoo Kim

Blue White Vessel, 2018

porcelain

16 x 15.50 x 15.50 in (40.64 x 39.37 x 39.37 cm)

Something Happened here- A Journey of 1000 Chai Cups, 2018

Varuni Kanagasundaram

Something Happened here- A Journey of 1000 Chai Cups, 2018

terra cotta clay cups, slip and shards

3 x 73 x 34 in (7.62 x 185.42 x 86.36 cm)

Mug Composition #31, 2019

Matthew Mitros

Mug Composition #31, 2019

ceramic, PLA, glitter, paint and battery powered audio device

8 x 7 x 4 in (20.32 x 17.78 x 10.16 cm)

Tiger and Magpies, 219

Steven Young Lee

Tiger and Magpies, 219

porcelain, colbalt, glaze, epoxy and gold leaf

150 x 100 x 1 in (381 x 254 x 2.54 cm)

Mug Composition #30, 2019

Matthew Mitros

Mug Composition #30, 2019

Ceramic, PLA, glitter and plexiglass

7 x 8 x 3 in (17.78 x 20.32 x 7.62 cm)

A Pot Growing From Me, 2019

Wansoo Kim

A Pot Growing From Me, 2019

Stoneware

23 x 14 x 14 in (58.42 x 35.56 x 35.56 cm)

Big Guy Paint Huffer, 2019

Adams Puryear

Big Guy Paint Huffer, 2019

earthenware, glaze, polymer, and audio hardware

20 x 14 x 14 in (50.80 x 35.56 x 35.56 cm)

Feathers Fall, Grass Grows, 2020

Andrea Keys Connell

Feathers Fall, Grass Grows, 2020

ceramic found objects, polymer clay, and plaxiglass boxes

66 x 60 x 18 in (167.64 x 152.40 x 45.72 cm)

Toussaint of Ward Avenue, 2019

Joann Quinones

Toussaint of Ward Avenue, 2019

terra cotta, Osnaburg fabric, coffee stained cotton, indigo dyed linen and dutch wax prints

84 x 40 x 40 in (213.36 x 101.60 x 101.60 cm)

Whitewashing: Clay and Skin I, 2019

Teri Frame

Whitewashing: Clay and Skin I, 2019

projected video imagery

1 x 1 x 1 in (2.54 x 2.54 x 2.54 cm)

All Monuments Must Fall, 2019

Dawn Holder

All Monuments Must Fall, 2019

digital print

24 x 48 in (60.96 x 121.92 cm)

Happy Garden Tapestry, 2020

Lisa Marie Barber

Happy Garden Tapestry, 2020

reccyled clay, glazes, underglazes and slips

55 x 102 x 83 in (139.70 x 259.08 x 210.82 cm)

Flower Brick with Butt Plug Toys, 2019

Larry Buller

Flower Brick with Butt Plug Toys, 2019

clay, decals, gold luster and foil trim

8 x 11 x 4 in (20.32 x 27.94 x 10.16 cm)

Device for Filling a Void, 2019

Lauren Kalman

Device for Filling a Void, 2019

inkjet print

28 x 20 x 9 in (71.12 x 50.80 x 22.86 cm)

Delft Punk (Right Paw), 2019

Roxanne Jackson

Delft Punk (Right Paw), 2019

raku, glaze, luster, faux fur, candle and rhinestones

16 x 19 x 10 in (40.64 x 48.26 x 25.40 cm)

High Cotton, 2019

Mary Cale Wilson

High Cotton, 2019

earthenware and dried cotton

36 x 21 x 18 in (91.44 x 53.34 x 45.72 cm)

Toolipiere, 2019

Emily Bayless

Toolipiere, 2019

porcelain and glaze

16 x 14 x 14 in (40.64 x 35.56 x 35.56 cm)

Hurry Down the chimney Tonight, 2020

Jeremy Brooks

Hurry Down the chimney Tonight, 2020

ceramics, commercial decals, commercial porcelain plate, frame, hardware

15.75 x 15.75 x 2.50 in (40 x 40 x 6.35 cm)

The Violent Bear it Away, 2018

Peter Christian Johnson

The Violent Bear it Away, 2018

porcelain, poplar wood, concrete and laminate

65 x 27 x 23 in (165.10 x 68.58 x 58.42 cm)