English Artist Paul Scott Exhibits at the Erie Art Museum
The Erie Art Museum presents the work of English artist Paul Scott in the Ronald E. Holstein Gallery through November 23, 2013. The exhibit, Cumbrian Blue(s): A Solo Exhibition of Recent Works by Paul Scott, showcases the artist's ceramic work, whose plates and platters emulate the look of mass produced consumer wares, using traditional blue and white motifs and patterns with his own twist. His works superimpose non-traditional images-modern wind turbines with an idyllic farm scene; a power plant with 18th century trees or German automobiles against an Orientalist scene of a pagoda-onto what otherwise could be an antique piece of china.
Scott holds a PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University for his research project "Ceramics and Landscape: Remediation and Confection, a Theory of Surface." Research plays a key role in all aspects of his work-from investigating the technical methodologies of print transfers to the synthesis of historical form and contemporary artifact embodied in these works. His book Ceramics and Print, first published in 1994 and subsequently revised, was among the first to examine the synthesis of print and clay, exploring both methodologies and concepts. He is currently investigating old conservation methods of repairing ceramic forms-stapling and wiring.
Scott's characteristic blue and white ceramics can be found in private and public collections worldwide, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The National Museum Stockholm Sweden; The Museum of Art and Design, New York; and the National Decorative Arts Museum, Norway. The artist is based in the Cumbria region of northwest England. In July 2011, Scott was appointed Professor 2 at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) in Norway. He is also Digital Research Fellow at Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MIRIAD). He is represented in the United States by Ferrin Contemporary, in Cummington, MA. Several of his works were recently included in the exhibition "New Blue and White" at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
Paul Scott will present a Gallery Talk during Gallery Night, Friday, September 27, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at the Museum. The event is free and open to the public.
About the Erie Art Museum
The Erie Art Museum anchors downtown Erie's cultural and economic revitalization, occupying a group of restored mid-19th century commercial buildings, including an outstanding 1839 Greek Revival Bank. It maintains an ambitious program of 15 to 18 changing exhibitions annually, embracing a wide range of subjects, both historical and contemporary and including folk art, contemporary craft, multi-disciplinary installations, community-based work, as well at traditional media.
The Erie Art Museum also holds a collection of over 6,000 objects, which includes significant works in American ceramics, Tibetan painting, Indian bronzes, contemporary baskets, and a variety of other categories.
The Museum offers a wide range of education programs and artists' services including interdisciplinary and interactive school tours and a wide variety of classes for the community. Performing arts are showcased in the 24-year-old Contemporary Music Series, which represents national and international performers of serious music with an emphasis on composer/performers, and a popular annual two-day Blues & Jazz festival.
The Erie Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free for members, free on Wednesdays, $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students and $2 for children under 12.
For additional information on the Erie Art Museum, visit online at http://www.erieartmuseum.org/ or call (814) 459-5477.