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Joe Pintz

Joe Pintz

Joe Pintz’s objects are dense with meaning. His minimal forms are carved out of solid blocks of clay and achieve an unadorned simplicity through unrefined qualities of clay that has been scraped, weathered, and faded. Joe’s work explores the role that domestic objects play in fulfilling physical and emotional needs. They are based on mundane objects from the domestic realm, referring to traditional pottery and other implements associated with the hand.

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Joe Pintz at MudFire

Gallery group show Constructed, April 2010

 

Joe Pintz Artist Bio

Joseph Pintz' family and upbringing have strongly impacted his character and artwork. He is the son of German immigrants and grew up in a working class family in the Midwest. Pintz earned his BA in anthropology and urban studies at Northwestern University. After graduation, he taught in an inner-city school through Teach for America. He received his MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also was a resident artist and Lincoln Fellow at the Archie Bray Foundation. In 2009, he received an Emerging Artist award from the National Council in Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). His work has been shown internationally and he currently teaches at Bowling Green State University.

 

Joe Pintz Artist Statement

Household objects are dense with meaning and define the structure of one's life. My work explores the role that domestic objects play in fulfilling our physical and emotional needs. They are based on mundane objects from the domestic realm, referring to traditional pottery and other implements associated with the hand.

Recreating common objects out of clay is a subtle and transformative act. I choose objects that have an inherent emotional charge, moving them from the known to the unknown. This mystery accentuates their metaphorical potential. Rhythm and repetition of form contextualizes this change of state and invite the viewer to reconsider the object's meaning.

In contrast to the majority of images that bombard us everyday, my minimal forms achieve an unadorned simplicity. By carving them out of a solid block of clay, I reveal the unrefined qualities of the clay. People often begin to grasp the significance of objects when they are lost, broken or worn out. For this reason, I choose weathered surfaces and faded colors that suggest use. Ultimately, these straightforward objects celebrate the poetics of the commonplace.



Joe Pintz Artist Resume

Education:
2003 - 2006 University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), Lincoln, NE Master of Fine Arts, Ceramics
2000 - 2002 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), Edwardsville, IL Post-Baccalaureate Studies
1992 - 1996 Northwestern University, Evanston, IL Bachelor of Arts: Double major in Anthropology & Urban Studies
Solo Exhibitions:
2008
Sense of Place, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
2007
Down to Earth, Fellowship Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT
Useful Objects, Michelle Gantt Gallery, Bozeman, MT
Common Ground, UC Gallery, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT
Implements used by Peasants, Beigang Ceramics, Leeds, AL
2006
Poetics of the Commonplace, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Eisentrager o Howard Gallery, UNL, Lincoln, NE
Recent Group Exhibitions:
2010
Not Brown, Schaller Gallery, Red Lodge, MT [Invitational]
Constructed: A Handbuilt Review, Mudfire Studio, Decatur, GA [Invitational]
EWARE, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, KS [Invitational]
Bricks and Mortar, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM [Invitational]
Functional Ornament, River Gallery, Rocky River, OH [Invitational]
Studio Ceramics 2010, The Signature Shop & Gallery, Atlanta, GA [Group]
Eight Fluid Ounces IV, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA [Invitational]
Made in Clay, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY [Group]
Utility and Beauty, Mindy Solomon Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL [Group]
Disarming Domesticity, Community Art Center, Wallingford, PA, [Group]
La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay Exhibition at NCECA, Philadelphia, PA [Invitational]

2009
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, East Petersburg, PA [Juried]
View: New Ceramics, Rebus Works, Raleigh, NC [Juried]
Cups, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM [Invitational]
BGSU Ceramics, Wittenburg University, Springfield, OH [Group]
Wichita National Craft Exhibition, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS [Juried]
91st Annual Toledo Area Artists, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH [Juried]
The Ohio/Michigan Game, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI [Group]
American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN [Group]
Made in Clay, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY [Group]
National Juried Cup Exhibition, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE [Group]
Spoon It, Fork It, Cut it Up, Baltimore Clay Works, Baltimore, MD [Invitational]
La Mesa, in conjunction with NCECA conference, Phoenix, AZ [Invitational]
Y = f (x), Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ [Group]
UNL Alumni Show, Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ [Group]
In Focus: Three on the Vessel, Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ [Group]
BGSU Faculty Exhibition, BGSU School of Art, Uber Bryan Gallery, Bowling Green, OH [Group]
Clay & Context, National Juried Exhibition, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN [Juried]
Dichotomy, Atrium Gallery, Ball State University, Muncie, IN [Invitational]

2008
Constructed Spaces, James Gallery, Bedford Hills, NY [upcoming 2 person show]
Area Sculpture: Inside Out, Owens Community College, Toledo, OH [Invitational]
Carbondale Clay National IV, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO [Juried]
La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay Exhibition at NCECA, Pittsburg, PA [Invitational]
Archie Bray Resident Exhibition at NCECA, Pittsburg, PA [Invitational]
Specialized Dishes for Everyday Use, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI [Invitational]
Dinnerworks 2008, Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, KY [Invitational]
Eight Fluid Ounces III, Glassell Gallery, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA [Juried]
2007
International Bray Resident Exhibition, Jingdezhen Ceramics Exposition, Shanghai & Beijing, [Traveling]
BGSU Faculty Show, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH [Group]
Surface Matters, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL [Group]
For the Table, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM [Group]
Uncommon Objects, Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane, WA [Group]
Hand Held Drinking Vessels, Main Street Art Gallery, Edwardsville, IL [Invitational]
Texture & Tone, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL [Group]
Ninety Teapots, Xen Gallery, St. Louis, MO [Invitational]
Core Sample, James Patrick Gallery, Wiscasset, ME [Invitational]
Carbondale Clay National III, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO [Juried]
Resident Artist Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT [Group]
To Make Haste Slowly, Turman Larison Contemporary, Helena, MT [2 person show]
8th Annual Clay Invitational, The Art Spirit Gallery, Coeur d'Alene, ID [Invitational]
ANA 35, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT [Juried]
By Six, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM [Group]
The Art of Tools, Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA [Invitational]
2nd Annual National Juried Cup Show, University of Arkansas at Monticello, Monticello, AR [Juried]
15th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster Museum of Art, Petersburg, PA [Juried]
By Design: A Place at the Table, Custer County Art & Heritage Center, Miles City, MT [Invitational]
7th Annual National Juried Cup Show, Downtown Gallery, Kent State University, Kent, OH [Juried]
La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay Exhibition at NCECA, Louisville, KY [Invitational]
Cup of Tea, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC [Invitational]
Common Ground, UC Gallery, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT [Solo]
Yunomi, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA [Invitational]
Empty Spaces: Bowls, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO [Juried]
2006
6th Anniversary Exhibition, Turman Gallery, Helena, MT [Invitational]
Box it Up, Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento, CA [Invitational]
Cup: The Intimate Object V, Charlie Cummings Clay Studio, Fort Wayne, IN [Juried]
Archie Bray Foundation Resident Exhibition, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, WA [Invitational]
Midwestern Visions, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA [Invitational]
Ceramics Biennial 2006, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH [Juried]
Ceramic Cup Invitational, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE [Invitational]
By the Hand, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA [Juried]
Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA [Juried]
International Cup, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT [Juried]
6th Annual National Juried Cup Show, Gallery 138, Kent State University, Kent, OH [Juried]
Earthenware, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM [Invitational]
North American Graduate Art Survey, University of Minnesota [Juried]
La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay Exhibition at NCECA, Portland, OR [Invitational]
Eight Fluid Ounces II, Glassell Gallery, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA [Juried]
New Visual Voices: UNL MFA Students, Hayden Art Center, Lincoln, NE [Group]