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A Closer Look: Forms in Nature
July 5, 2013 @ 8:00 am - August 10, 2013 @ 5:00 pm
In preparation for this exhibition, the artist’s intention was to focus on form in nature – broadly and in its smallest details. The undulating contours of a hillside, the shape of spring fern fronds, a rocky textured creek bed, all inspired ceramic sculptor, John McCarthy, to explore form from a variety of perspectives. Focusing such close attention on these aspects of nature also caused McCarthy to consider not only nature’s form and beauty, but also to feel its vulnerability. Hence, awareness of deforestation and the daily loss of the earth’s tree canopy, water pollution, and man’s destructive effects on nature – all bring an appreciation of the balance necessary to preserve these forms in nature. John McCarthy is an artist, ceramic sculptor, and art educator. His sculptural pieces are hand-built and highly manipulated to create organic shapes with an emphasis on texture and subtle, naturally glazed surfaces. McCarthy has used stoneware firings to produce one-of-a-kind compositions that are striking and durable, whether used indoors or as exterior garden sculpture Also: In the Members’Gallery : Inspired by Nature Shohei Katayama, Mary Dennis Kannapell Mike McCarthy, Corie Neumayer & Philip Rodriquez