Exhibit Dates: October 14 - November 14
Opening Reception: Friday, November 3 5-8pm
The Museum of Art of the University of New Hampshire and 3S Artspace collaborate to bring Seacoast audiences FLEXTIME an innovative and immersive experience centered on sculptor David Katz’s wet-clay site-specific installation. Originally planned for exhibit at the Museum of Art by its Director Kristina Durocher, the curatorial aspirations expanded beyond the boundaries of the University’s campus gallery. Moving the exhibition to 3S’s soaring white-box gallery offered Katz space to stretch his sculptural practice. The Gallery at 3S Artspace is thrilled to host FLEXTIME, and looks forward to inviting the public in to witness David Katz's installation process.
David Katz is a sculptor and installation artist who working primarily with ceramics and unfired clay and currently living in Providence, RI. David received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin in 2005 followed by a Masters of Fine Arts in ceramics from Indiana University in 2012. David currently teaches at Ceramics at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI where he has worked since 2014 as a Visiting Critic, Assistant Professor, and Interim Department Head. Before working at RISD David was the Ceramics Technician and faculty member at Bennington College in Bennington, VT. David has completed residencies at Greenwich House Pottery in New York City (2006-2008), Guldagergaard – International Ceramics Research Center in Denmark(2011), Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN(2012-2013), and Watershed Center for Ceramics in Newcastle, ME(2014). David’s work has been widely exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in both group and solo exhibitions in addition to numerous commercial acquisitions.
Artist Statement: David Katz
My work considers various aspects of the human condition, reflecting an awe and bewilderment at life and societal tendencies. I am interested in representing contradictions I perceive in human activity such as tendencies of expansive growth and restrictive constraint, vitality and impermanence, order and chaos. Fabricated ceramic components and found objects within my installations refer to the cultural artifacts constructed to support societies and represent the ways we live. The use of unfired clay as the primary substance supporting, consuming, and providing a backdrop for these symbols of social construct emphasizes the fallibility and temporality of life and the systems, structures, and innovations upon which we rely. Works are suspended in space as foreign interventions, encroaching on the comfort and expectations of viewers in hopes of exposing reflections of our accepted realities.
FLEXTIME was organized by the University of New Hampshire and curated by Kristina Durocher, Director, Museum of Art, supported by the UNH Arts Initiative. The UNH Arts Initiative is a donor-funded project that supports UNH arts programming in New Hampshire, taking the great art created in Durham to all corners of the State. Additional support was provided by 3S Artspace.