From the whimsical to the commercially appealing, the abstract to the socially conscious, “Ink & Clay 42” offers 96 vibrant and eclectic pieces of ceramic ware, clay sculpture, ink, printmaking, installation and mixed-media art. The show runs through Oct. 27 at Cal Poly Pomona’s W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery.
Established in the 1970s, Ink & Clay is celebrating its fourth year as a nationwide competition. Eligible works needed to incorporate “any variety of ‘ink’ or ‘clay’ as a material.” Ink & Clay received 245 entries for this year’s show.
The jurors were Peter Mays, executive director of the Los Angeles Art Association and Gallery 825; Denise Kraemer, artist, curator and printmaking professor; and Patrick Crabb, a contemporary archaeologist in clay.
“The work of the 61 artists displays a humorous yet complex view of the human condition, an emphasis on organics, geometrics and topics covering industrial design trends,” says Michele Cairella Fillmore, curator of the W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery and the Huntley Art Gallery.
Among this year’s featured pieces:
- Steven Allen’s “Steampunk Dog” from the “Steampunk” series, black stoneware, thrown and altered under-glazes, glaze, cone 6
- Sylvia Walters’ “Dearest Daughter (Lost Lessons),” reductive woodcut with stencils
- Meriel Sterns’ “Domestic Flow 3” from the “Reef” series, site-specific installation: cone 5-fried porcelain, mason stain and acrylic paint
- Jim Zver’s “After Madrid #2 (Red)” from the “After Madrid Series,” acrylic paint, India ink and charcoal
- Colleen M. Kelly’s “Wardrobe Malfunction” from the “Naked Under Her Clothes” series, monoprint with chine-collé
- Ethan Snow’s “Central,” porcelain sculpture
The W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery (located at the north end of Building 35A) is open Mondays and Tuesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/kelloggartgallery, email email@example.com or call (909) 869-4302.