I'm a part of Solid Objects, an online group exhibit including artists Karolina Maszkiewicz, Donna Mccullough, and Cheryl Riley. The exhibit is curated by Patricia O. Miranda as part of the guest curator initiative of Now Be Here art. The title, Solid Objects, comes from a 1918 Virginia Woolf story about a man who abandons his political career to go on a search for objects.
From the curator: "This online exhibition presents the work of four artists whose unique artistic languages radically alter the ways in which we relate to objects. These works prompt a diverse range of emotional and aesthetic responses and invite a reflection about our personal and collective experiences. Debra’s Reconstructions combine and modify decorative ceramic figurines found at thrift stores to create new narratives that ponder on the complexity of our human psychology. " For this exhibit, each artist made short videos documenting a piece of their work. You can see all the works here.
Earlier this month I did an artist talk for the Greater Austin Clay Alliance (GACA) about my art practice, restoration work, and technical processes. It is now available to watch on YouTube here.
If you're interested in my restoration business or my practice as an artist, check out this interview I did with ShoutOut LA back in November of 2020.
I'm excited to be a part of Salvage, curated by Christopher Jobson, founder of Colossal, at Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia. The exhibition opens Friday, January 22, and there will be an online Q & A with the curator and artists at 5:30 pm EST. The Q & A is free with limited space available. (RSVP here). Salvage is a group exhibition featuring new work by Yurim Gough, Debra Broz, André Schulze, and the Recycled Artist in Residency (RAIR).
From the gallery: In a culture awash in disposable objects and materiality, it is seemingly impossible to determine what has finally outlived its usefulness or nostalgic pull only to be relegated to storage, the thrift store, or finally, the landfill. This faded sentiment is just the beginning of the journey for this group of four artists who use their abilities to miraculously salvage fragments of tradition and culture that were destined to be lost, relegated to the periphery, or buried forever....
From her studio in L.A., artist Debra Broz morphs the dusty porcelain animals from an antique curio into wholly new hybrid creatures. At once hilarious and jarring, she deftly shatters and reassembles each figure to introduce duplicate limbs, heads, or tails. As if tampering with the DNA of an industrial porcelain workshop itself, the cross-species organisms appear wholly intentional and disturbingly cute.
Read more about the exhibition here.
I just received my copy of Céramique, a new book just published in France. There are 90 artists featured and I'm excited to be included alongside some of my favorite artists working in contemporary ceramics. This beautifully designed book was compiled and edited by Charlotte Vannier of Pyramyd Editions. The text is all in French, but it's still a wonderful art book to look at if you don't speak French. Available for purchase here.
The Carrot Babies just made their debut in Repurposed at ICOSA Collective in Austin! Here are the show details:
EXHIBITION DATES: July 5 – August 3, 2019
Repurposed is a group exhibition co-curated by Erin Cunningham and Amanda Linn McInerney, both members of the artist-run gallery ICOSA Collective. This exhibition focuses on artworks that have been created from discarded and undervalued materials that possess a status of the imbued history of those objects. The diverse group of artists, from six different states, are known for their ability to elevate their materials and refine their craft through a variety of techniques. When developing the concept for this exhibition, the curators both had recent experiences that made them consider the impact of consumerism on the environment and on personal psychology. It seemed there was enough “stuff” in the world. They realized how important it was to feature works of art that reused materials and reconceptualized them into things that were beautiful, sometimes humorous or tongue in cheek, but also thoughtful and meaningful. The show draws upon family connections, folklore, and cultural and personal histories to create works that repeat and reconstruct forms and ideas.
Carolina Alamilla (Miami, FL)
Doug Baulos (Birmingham, AL)
Michael Bonadio (Birmingham, AL)
Melanie Brauner (Everett, WA)
Debra Broz (Van Nuys, CA)
Zach Clark (Oakland, CA)
Erin Cunningham (Austin, TX)
Tobias Flores (Hays, KS)
Vladimir Mejia (Austin, TX)
Amanda McInerney (Austin, TX)
Karri Paul (Los Angeles, CA)
Jerry Slayton (Austin, TX)
Shalena White (Austin, TX)
Jason Tanner Young (Montevallo, AL)
I'm excited to have work in 2 venues for B-LA Connect, an international exchange between art spaces in Berlin and Los Angeles. I'll be showing three sculptures from my White Rabbit series in Didn’t you know what you were carrying on your back? at ROSALUX curated by Sean Meredith of Track 16 gallery (Details and press release here). I'll also be part of Call & Response, an exhibit at Kronenboden in which myself and other members of Monte Vista Projects in Los Angeles collaborated through a series of postcards with the MADLAB collective of Rotterdam (Details and press release here). There are 20 spaces involved in B-LA connect that will be showing work this June. For all the details check out the B-LA Connect website here.
Saturday, June 1st through Saturday June 22 I'll be showing a group of 14 small sculptures at Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City, Michigan alongside Bodies Of... an exhibit of contemporary ceramics.
This little pair of Persian Spaniels will be on view, along with several other new things. If you happen to live in that area stop by and see the show!