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John Mason: Firebricks and Shifting Notions of Scale and Process in Sculpture

October 16, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Steele Hall, Rm. 101
241 E. 11th St
Claremont, 91711
Colleen Salomon

Los Angeles was the site of a “revolution in clay” in which a small group of artists challenged studio pottery’s traditional focus on utilitarian ware to create sculptural forms. One of the central figures, John Mason, emerged as a sculptor of power, creating new works in clay that claimed equal footing with art in other media. Mason went on to work with clay and space as a visionary. In his Hudson River Series, Mason turned to manufactured firebricks as a medium, revealing most distinctly his deep interest in the role of the viewer and his fascination with the process of perception. This presentation on Mason by Edward Cella, director, Edward Cella Art & Architecture, will be given in conjunction with the exhibition “Meditation on Material: John Mason’s Firebrick Installations” at the Williamson Gallery through Oct. 21.

This event is presented by Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College