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Ceramics, photography and multi-media featured in Coe art exhibits

Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2009-02-10 08:25:28 - General

A photography and multi-media installation by Leighton Pierce, ceramics by Sarah German, and ceramics by Tyler Speicher will be featured in upcoming Coe College art shows. The works will be on display in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe College campus. An opening reception will take place in the Sinclair lobby on Friday, Feb. 20, from 5 - 7 p.m. Both the reception and the exhibitions are free and open to the public, with gallery hours from 3 - 5 p.m. daily from Feb. 21 through March 20.

Details of the exhibits are as follows:

Image by Leighton Pierce

Leighton Pierce photography and multi-media installation exhibit

Leighton Pierce's exhibit at Coe will feature multi-media video and audio, along with photographs. "Agency of Time" is a three-tier, long-term project consisting of symphonic multi-channel video/sound installations, a series of single channel works, and a series of photographs that will result in a book. It was originally commissioned by the Shelton Museum of Art in Lincoln, Neb. It is a project of Creative Capital and received support from the Iowa Arts Council.

In the exhibition, Pierce experiments with different manifestations of movement and stasis. The building blocks for the exhibition are still photographs, each containing a marker of time/movement. Pierce then builds the video component by stringing and layering these images together.

"To encourage an active, yet open engagement with the piece, the images are painterly, marginally abstract, gestural evocations," noted Pierce. "Through the use of rich cascading imagery against the counterpoint of the soundtrack, I work to disintegrate the projection plane, encouraging viewers to embody the perceptions of the video solidly within themselves."

Pierce's work encourages a different kind of viewing and listening - one in which listening and looking inward matters as much as looking outward. While widely recognized for his stunning cinematography, he considers his editing and sound design to be the core of his art.

Pierce's award-winning short films and videos have been exhibited in major art museums and film festivals throughout the world including The Sundance Film Festival, The Whitney Biennial, and The San Francisco, New York and Rotterdam Film Festivals. He has received numerous fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, The Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and other foundations.

Pierce earned an MFA from Syracuse University. He teaches as professor of cinema and comparative literature at the University of Iowa. Pierce lives in New York City and Iowa City.

A ceramic piece by Sarah German

Sarah German ceramics exhibit

Sarah German graduated with a degree in art from the University of Northern Iowa in 2006, specializing in ceramics, printmaking and sculpture. She works as a studio potter producing work for galleries, art festivals and exhibitions.

At the Coe exhibit, German will be featuring porcelain dinnerware decorated using ceramic underglazes and an indirect screen-printing process.

"My experience in ceramics, sculpture and printmaking has led me to my current work," noted German. "I create functional pottery that is primarily wheel-thrown and often altered to its finished form. Much of my work is dinnerware, and the smoothness of the porcelain allows for a satisfying experience when touching the piece with the hands, mouth or utensils. The porcelain body also provides a clean, white background to place my imagery and allows for my colorful glazes to reach their full intensity."

A ceramic piece by Tyler Speicher

Tyler Speicher ceramics exhibit

Tyler Speicher is a 2006 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor's degree in art with an emphasis in ceramics. He works as a studio potter, making a variety of forms for exhibition at galleries and art festivals throughout the Midwest.

Specializing in wheel-thrown pottery, Speicher's Coe exhibit will feature pots inspired by architecture. "I am interested in making pottery which can be used regularly," said Speicher. "I do not want people who use my pots to feel as though they are too fragile or valuable to use on a regular basis."

"I enjoy exploring how architectural structures can translate into pottery," Speicher continued. "A roof can become a lid for a jar. A chimney can become a spout for a pouring vessel or a neck for a vase. Having lived my entire life in Iowa, many of my forms are derived from agricultural and residential structures such as barns, grain elevators and houses."

Speicher and German live and work together in his hometown of Conrad, Iowa.

For more information on the exhibit, call 399-8581.