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January 30, 2007 to May 6, 2007

Bean Finneran: Realms & Gravity: A Glass and multimedia installation by Jon Clark and Angus Powers with sound by Jesse Daniels

The Philadelphia Art Alliance is pleased to host two major exhibitions in the second floor galleries that will explore the potential of two mediums—notably ceramics and glass—and the ways in which the artists represented employ techniques and similar souces of inspiration to produce radically different results. Through a process of accumulation, both Bean Finneran and the collaborative team of Jon Clark and Angus Powers push the possibilities of their chosen media into site-specific installations. For each project, throusands of simple smaller forms, created in glass or ceramics, are used as the building blocks for the resulting large scale sculptures/site pieces. The final installations explore such ideas as organic growth, natural selection in plants and animals, and cosmology. Both challenge the inherent properties of their chosen medium, pushing the boundaries between traditional uses of ceramic and glass into the realms of sculpture and installation art.

Bean Finneran: Realms

Bean Finneran’s love of the natural world and saturated color are combined to create her abstract sculptures that are evocative of organic forms and animals, such as grasses and sea anemones. Working with a simple elemental form, a curve made from the most basic natural material,clay, Finneran builds with hundreds or thousands of these forms. The geometry of a curve weaves and allows construction, and the clay curves are each similar but unique connecting them to the natural world. The process that is used to construct the sculptures follows patterns found in nature.

Finneran has had solo exhibits at PDX Contemporary Art, Portland OR (2006); The Mills College Art Museum, Oakland CA (2005) Montalvo Gallery, Saratoga, CA (2003) San Jose Museum of Art (2003) Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2003); Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO (2002); The Davis Art Center, Davis, CA (1999), among others. Finneran has been featured several times in American Ceramics, and in 2005 Finneran was included in the 3rd World Ceramics Biennial, sponsored by the World Ceramic Exposition Foundation in Icheon City, Korea. She has been featured in several exhibitions, most notably at: John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI (2005); Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, CA (2004); Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL (2004).

The glass sculpture of Jon Clark often explores organic life forms that are evocative of reproductive elements in plants and flowers, and dynamic life forms from obscure underwater havens.

The work of Angus Powers often incorporates his interest in planetary imagery, utilizing motion and light for his sculptural work. For their installation at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, these concerns are extended into a combination of light, sound, and glass that will transform the gallery space into a moving sea of natural forms. The video for the installation incorporates reflected light recorded from nature in order to create what the artists state is “a cycle of time and energy evolution, within a framework of erupting transparent forms.” Gravity will be the third version of a project that originally debuted at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art and later at Wilkes University. The sound component was created by artist Jesse Daniels.

Jon Clark is professor, head of glass at Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia. He received an M.A. from Royal College of Art, London and has been exhibiting at Snyderman Gallery in Philadelphia since 1984. Clark has had other solo exhibitions at Wilkes University, Wilkes Barre, PA (in collaboration with Angus Powers, 2006); Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE (in collaboration with Angus Powers, 2005); Philadelphia International Airport (2004); Sanske Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland (1997), Leo Kaplan Modern, New York, NY, (2002); Anne O’Brien Gallery Washington D.C. (1986 and 1989); and Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA (1981), among dozens of other group and invitational exhibitions. Clark has received Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, Fellowship and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. His work is featured in several collections including: Corning Museum of Glass; Kunst Museum, Dusseldorf, Germany; Niijima Glass Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Tittot Museum of Glass, Taipei, Taiwan; and Museum and Gallery of Art of Western Australia, among many others.

Angus Powers received an MFA in glass at Tyler School of art, Temple University and a BFA at the New York State College of Ceramics, School of Art and Design at Alfred University. His work has been exhibited at Wilkes University, Wilkes Barre, PA (in collaboration with Angus Powers, 2006); Genesee Community College, Batavia, NY (2006); Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE (2005); Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ (2005) and Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA (2003), among others. He has received the Creative Glass Center of America Fellowship (2003), two Contemporary Glass Philadelphia Grants (2001 and 2003), and most recently won the Glass Art Society Emerging Artist Award (2004). Powers is currently a visiting assistant professor at the School of Art and Design at Alfred University, NY and has taught in the sculpture department at Rosemont College and the glass department at Tyler School of art at Temple University.

Tags: ceramics, film, glass, installation