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This month's feature......

 

Artist Jason Walker to present Lecture and Workshop

On display at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh’s Strip District since January is Bridge 13, a trio of solo exhibitions showcasing Keith Lo Bue, Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor and Jason Walker that investigates the complexities of the urban experience. Through found materials, fiber and ceramics, each artist presents a mash-up of contemporary life by remixing familiar figurative imagery.

Artist Jason Walker will present a lecture at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 to discuss how he combines animal imagery with industrial elements. He will engage questions for a dialogue about how technology has changed our perceptions of nature. The lecture will be held in the CMOA Theatre at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland.

On Saturday, April 18, from 1 – 4 p.m., Mr. Walker will present a workshop and discussion at SCC’s Studio. He will explore aspects of creativity and guide participants in hands-on making following the talk. Both events are co-sponsored by the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Known for his etched and painted imagery, Jason Walker creates exquisite porcelain sculptures that depict mashed-up combinations of animals and natural habitats with mechanical and industrial elements. The works explore American ideas of nature and how technology has changed our perceptions. Distinct examples of these ideas, on display as part of the Society for Contemporary Craft’s biennial Bridge Exhibition Series, are featured in concert with an exhibition of jewelry by metalsmith Keith Lo Bue and large scale figures—built from remnants of bed clothes, blankets, pillows, couch cushions and knit Afghans—by California artist Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor. The works of these three makers reflect the high quality of craftsmanship produced by contemporary artists today. The Bridge Exhibition Series continues through August 22, 2015. To view more of Mr. Walker’s work, visit http://jasonwalkerceramics.com.  To learn more about the Society for Contemporary Craft and the Bridge 13 exhibit, visit
http://www.contemporarycraft.org/SCC/Contemporary_Craft_%7C_Home.html.