June 3 - 28, 2008Collector’s Preview Opening, Thursday, June 5th
First Friday Opening, Friday, June 6th
(from the press release)
For her premier solo exhibition titled New Work, artist Molly Hatch presents five interrelated ceramic artworks comprised of ornamented cups and plates hung on the wall, framed as one might frame a painting. The work references utilitarian tradition and practice while challenging established hierarchies of high art and utilitarian craft.
Hatch’s ceramic work has appropriated imagery from the French baroque rococo and European chinoiserie traditions. As a result of coming to ceramics via drawing and printmaking, Hatch engages representational drawing on the surfaces of the work. Hatch uses the traditional Japanese mishima slip inlay technique to create her detailed calligraphic line on the surface of the work. The use of the drawn line as an illusion or representation becomes instrumental in understanding the composition of the work as reference to a traditional salon. Her contemporary approach to historical form and pattern crops imagery enlarges scale in pattern and form resulting in cups and plates that are contemporary counterparts to their historical precedents.
For New Work, Hatch has created alternative storage devices for plates and cups that question our traditional use of cabinets and shelving for storage and encourage functional objects to be seen as contemplative. In altering the more accepted modes of storage of functional objects in the home she questions the traditional perception of the role of ceramics and craft in relationship to art, decoration and function. Molly Hatch has recently received her MFA from the University of Colorado Boulder. Hatch was included in the 2007-2008 Denver Art Museum Exhibition Artisans and Kings: Selected Treasures from the Musée du Louvre as a Demonstrator. Beginning in the fall of 2008, Hatch will be teaching ceramics at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Vertigo Art Space
960 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204