Edward Eberle
Wheeled Sage, 2002
Porcelain with terra sigilata glaze
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton

Stark Contrasts: Black and White Ceramics from RAM’s Collection

February 24 – May 5, 2013

This exhibition, one of a series of exhibitions at RAM showcasing work dominated by a black and white color scheme, juxtaposes ceramic sculpture from the last 40 years. This show offers a selection that includes established artists—who RAM has collected in depth—as well as emerging talents of the ceramic sculpture scene.

Whether narrative scenes or abstract forms, the sculptures featured in Stark Contrasts explore the formal and metaphoric potential of intense color and dramatic contrasts. The variety of approaches reflects the innovation and ingenuity of artists working with clay who are investigating the symbolic and practical use of color and dynamic composition.

Artists such as David Regan and Ed Eberle combine detailed black and white imagery with shaped surfaces. Christie Brown and Elizabeth Lurie explore the potential of using all white for narrative or functional forms. At the other end of the spectrum, Irvin Tepper emphasizes blended shades of black and white in his dream-like nonfunctional teapots.

Artists in the Exhibition

Daniel J. Anderson, Gordon Baldwin, Christie Brown, Bruce Cochrane, Claude Conover, Philip Cornelius, Harris Deller, Richard DeVore, Paul Dresang, Ruth Duckworth, Edward Eberle, Susan Evans, Ken Ferguson, Robert Forman, Leopold Foulem, Verne J. Funk, Peter Gourfain, Chris Gustin, Anne E. Hirondelle, Nicholas Homoky, Yoshiro Ideka, Les Lawrence, James Lovera, Elizabeth Lurie, Tony Marsh, Karen Thuesen Massaro, Beverly Mayeri, Jennifer McCurdy, Matthew Metz, Richard Notkin, Jeffrey Oestreich, Dan Pilcher, David Regan, Nicholas Rena, Mary Roehm, Amy Sabrina, David Shaner, Mark Shapiro, Patrick W. Siler, Chris Spanovich, Robert Sperry, David A. Stabley, Christopher R. Staley, Irvin S. Tepper, Jason Walker, Kurt Weiser, and Liz Wolf

Stark Contrasts: Black and White Ceramics from RAM’s Collection

February 24 – May 5, 2013
Edward Eberle
Wheeled Sage, 2002
Porcelain with terra sigilata glaze
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton

This exhibition, one of a series of exhibitions at RAM showcasing work dominated by a black and white color scheme, juxtaposes ceramic sculpture from the last 40 years. This show offers a selection that includes established artists—who RAM has collected in depth—as well as emerging talents of the ceramic sculpture scene.

Whether narrative scenes or abstract forms, the sculptures featured in Stark Contrasts explore the formal and metaphoric potential of intense color and dramatic contrasts. The variety of approaches reflects the innovation and ingenuity of artists working with clay who are investigating the symbolic and practical use of color and dynamic composition.

Artists such as David Regan and Ed Eberle combine detailed black and white imagery with shaped surfaces. Christie Brown and Elizabeth Lurie explore the potential of using all white for narrative or functional forms. At the other end of the spectrum, Irvin Tepper emphasizes blended shades of black and white in his dream-like nonfunctional teapots.

Artists in the Exhibition

Daniel J. Anderson, Gordon Baldwin, Christie Brown, Bruce Cochrane, Claude Conover, Philip Cornelius, Harris Deller, Richard DeVore, Paul Dresang, Ruth Duckworth, Edward Eberle, Susan Evans, Ken Ferguson, Robert Forman, Leopold Foulem, Verne J. Funk, Peter Gourfain, Chris Gustin, Anne E. Hirondelle, Nicholas Homoky, Yoshiro Ideka, Les Lawrence, James Lovera, Elizabeth Lurie, Tony Marsh, Karen Thuesen Massaro, Beverly Mayeri, Jennifer McCurdy, Matthew Metz, Richard Notkin, Jeffrey Oestreich, Dan Pilcher, David Regan, Nicholas Rena, Mary Roehm, Amy Sabrina, David Shaner, Mark Shapiro, Patrick W. Siler, Chris Spanovich, Robert Sperry, David A. Stabley, Christopher R. Staley, Irvin S. Tepper, Jason Walker, Kurt Weiser, and Liz Wolf

Gallery of Work

Exhibitions at RAM are made possible by:

Platinum Sponsors

The Estate of Karen Johnson Boyd
David Charak
Judith and David Flegel Fund
Ron and Judith Isaacs
Nicholas and Nancy Kurten
Racine Community Foundation logo
Windgate Foundation

Diamond Sponsors

City of Racine’s Grow Racine Grant
Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation
Ruffo Family Foundation
Ruth Arts Foundation

Gold Sponsors

Anonymous
Tom and Irene Creecy
Richard and Patricia Ehlert
Trio Foundation of St. Louis
W.T. Walker Group, Inc.
Wisconsin Arts Board

Silver Sponsors

Anonymous
Baird
Beta Diagnostic Labs
A.C. Buhler Family
Lucy G. Feller
Ben and Dawn Flegel
Jim Harris
Sharon and Tom Harty
Horizon Retail Construction, Inc.
Lise Iwon
J. Jeffers & Co.
Johnson Financial Group
Dorothy MacVicar
Jan Serr and John Shannon

Bronze Sponsors

Ellen and Joseph Albrecht
Andis Foundation
Susan Boland
Virginia Buhler
Dave’s Wine Garage
Educators Credit Union
Express Employment Professionals
Bill and Debbie Keland
Susan Manalli
Jean and Alex Mandli, Jr.
The Prairie School
Cathy Stanghellin
Twin Disc, Inc.

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