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Clay Talks! with Owen Laurion
January 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
An interdisciplinary artist, Owen combines scholarly research with a studio practice exploring the (re)production of culture and personhood in contemporary society. He holds a BA from the University of Rochester in Anthropology and Philosophy and a MFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. He has exhibited his work nationally and is the recipient of the Robert Howe Fletcher Cup Award for Sculpture 2015, Rush Rhees Purchase Prize 2010, and was a Take Five Scholar at the University of Rochester 2010-2011.
“I am interested in human ecology and the (re)reproduction of ideas, content, and knowledge. My work relies on both process and materiality as the foundation for metaphor, analogy, or simulacra. Essentially, I work with, and speak through, a language of sculpture such that any crafted object imbues an array of cultural, social, and material trajectories which enter the work through process and social histories.”
Currently, Owen is an Artist-in-Residence at the North Carolina Pottery Center, where he is researching the history and culture of wood fired ceramics. He is presently exploring the relationship between objects, simultaneous histories, and the performative nature of being(making). “Start with the pronoun I, and one encounters an indefinite display of contradictory and reversible realities.”
Owen’s talk will address recent work and his use of genre as medium while sharing his process with the community. A potluck at 6 pm will begin the evening’s events, followed by the slide talk at 7 pm. Come out for a great night of food and community! This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Center at 336-873-8430.