In this fascinating solo show open at the District Clay Gallery, Joe Hicks will examine how the concept of fusion, which he argues is essential to contemporary American society, informs his most most recent work with shino glazed vessels.
As an Assistant Professor at Marymount Univeristy, Hicks' ceramic work emphasizes the melding of layers between clay, slip, and glaze, creating a multitude of color and textural responses on the surfaces of his shino vessels.
The complexity of these shino surfaces, and the importance of their fusion into one entity, may be comparable to issues related to contemporary American society. Because Americanism is built on the foundation of democracy, allowing for the coalescence of different ideas, its health depends on its ability to fuse the complex layers of different cultures and ideas together
My vessels are evidence of persistent inquiry, and the development of new aesthetic principles and processes through investigating the relationships involving the physical nature of clay materials, form and compositional design, and the ceramic process.
I control the radiant energy of fire to transcendentally engage with, and decorate the surfaces of my vessels. This interaction between atmosphere and material is unpredictable, and provides endless investigation in colliding randomness with structure, challenging my ideas of control. These vessels become individual artifacts capturing and forever displaying the alliance between process and material.