Mark Errol-Finding Familar
June 22, 2012
MudFire Gallery proudly presents "Finding Familiar", a solo exhibit by ceramic artist and designer, Mark Errol. Mark's work, while never shying away from its roots in function, unwraps like a rich tapestry of color and texture rather than just clay. Expertly thrown and imbued with the sensibility of an seasoned quilter, the work is a happy patchwork of varied symbols, color and pattern. The pieces are almost impossible to put down without a 360 degree examination and nostalgic consideration of the vaguely familiar.
Please join us for a champagne artist reception on June 22, 2012 from 5:00 - 9:00 pm.
Work will post in preview mode by June 17, and will be available for purchase starting 12:00 pm on Friday, June 22, 2012.
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More About Mark Errol-Finding Familar
For most, life is a series of routines. Acts repeated that become a part of our everyday. These moments become so common we almost lose trace of them without a reminder once in awhile that puts them back in focus. Sometime they are not merely acts but objects or people that collaborate to form the basics of our days.
For me moving to Atlanta within the last year has been a tremendous act of being out of sorts. New housing, new streets to navigate, new relationships to form. Though these are exciting times, the desire to find my routine, to find the familiar has been important for me.
This body of work seeks to demonstrate the situations in which we live. Through colors, patterns and textures, I am depicting environments I have seen that have invigorated my creativity and yet helped me in making a new base. Sgraffito, carving, mishima and other forms of mark making are common in my work and allow me to give the viewer a sense of the surroundings from which I gather information. Each time I make a new piece I am reintroduced to the ability to translate and communicate a new experience, person or place that has become part of my new endeavors.
It is my intention to create relationships between me, the ceramic objects and those that come in to contact with them. The use of a coffee cups, bowls, plates and other every day objects that are handmade can transform the mundane into special moments. They also create a relationship between me and the owner. It is these connections between object, owner and myself that I seek and desire and is the basis for my making of functional yet unique ceramic vessels.