David S. East Utilizes New Fabrication Techniques to Explore the Changes and Promises of Suburban Culture
Posted 09.24.10 by mica communications
MICA presents Crown, featuring new installation-based works by Ceramics Department Chair David S. East, Friday, Oct. 22-Sunday, Nov. 14 in the Bunting Center's Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave. A public reception will take place on Friday, Nov. 5, 5-7 p.m. Driven by generic real estate images, plebeian architectural ornamentation and utilizing search engine responses in image generation, this exhibition will combine new fabrication technologies, ceramics and mixed media formats.
Seeking "the science of the mundane," East explores the sources and by-products of "invented utopian promise" that form the duality of our monocultural, suburban landscape. "The suburbs have become a frame of mind rather than a geographic location," he stated. His work juxtaposes suburban architecture and design with other systems of self-identification, including biology and genetics.
East, who has served as chair since 2008, is leading the Ceramics and New Technology Research Initiative, funded by the Ceramics Department and the Office of Research at MICA, which is designed to foster new thinking and partnerships, and explore the burgeoning marriage of science, ceramics and studio-based artistic practices.
He has taught and been a visiting artist at numerous locations, including University of Missouri-Columbia, where he taught for six years before coming to MICA.
East's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in juried and curated exhibitions, most recently in a traveling group exhibition in China and solo exhibitions at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and at Millersville University, Penn. He has received numerous awards, including an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council and a Lighton International Artists Exchange Program Grant, and was in residence at the European Ceramic Work Centre in The Netherlands during summer 2009.Image caption: David S. East, Cut Torus, ceramic, 2009 (Made at the E.K.W.C.; Photo by Dan Meyers).
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