About Cloud Sourcing
Eutectic partnered with Dylan Beck, recently appointed onsite liaison for NCECA 2017, to conceptualize and curate this show. Much of Dylan’s recent work has reflected on cloud imagery and how artists translate the theme into clay. He’s selected work from Samuel Chung, Julia Galloway, Kyungmin Park and Joe Page to be shown in Cloud Sourcing, along with a few of his own pieces.
Show Statement from Dylan Beck
The cloud, a motif that has appeared in ceramics for thousands of years, continues to proliferate in all genres of contemporary ceramics. From as early as the 12th century B.C. the cloud motif appeared in Chinese ceramic objects, and has been interpreted to represent the heavens, immortality, transformation, the cosmos, etc. Though historical uses of cloud imagery are attributed with these grandiose themes, the use of cloud imagery still holds its place in ceramics as dynamic decorative imagery. You need not look very far to find the cloud in contemporary ceramics. This enduring symbol remains a source of inspiration for ceramists.
The exhibition Cloud Sourcing is a sample of contemporary works in ceramics that draw from the deep history of the cloud imagery and form for decoration, design, environmental commentary, ephemerality, and identity. Clouds are found throughout the gradient of contemporary ceramics, from utilitarian wares to interactive installation. Cloud Sourcing provides a snapshot of the elemental attraction to the cloud in contemporary American ceramics.
The act of sculpting or drawing a cloud is futile. The cloud is the ultimate ephemeral object. In a constant state of change, one could never capture the image of an individual cloud, especially in a material that is dense, heavy, and opaque. This challenge continually draws ceramists to attempt the impossible.