The Project Space Gallery show Recent Sculpture features the whimsical works of metal sculptor David Aaron Friedheim. Life-size, ridiculous, and constructed from recycled and re-imagined parts, you can see the mischievous joy involved in their making and hopefully, some of that fun will rub off on the viewer. “I start with intuition followed by reflection and critical evaluations. Some things can only be thought with the hands. I like building something large out of an accumulation of smaller parts. The element of play is important in my work; serious, creative play.”
David Aaron Friedheim received his BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. He had built artwork on commission for private and public clients including such firms as Bill Graham Presents. In 1999 he was a founding member of the The Crucible, a school devoted to linking the arts, industry, and community in Berkeley, CA. Currently he lives in Baltimore where he co-directs the collaborative art group Grendel’s Mother with his fellow artist and wife Trisha Kyner. This past year he received an Individual Artist Grant from the Maryland Arts Council in the category of Crafts.
David Aaron Friedheim’s Baker Portfolio
The Solo Gallery will house Aberrant Beings a show of otherworldly creatures by Brad Blair. Driven by his imagination, the artist probes the unknown and unexplained using humor, curiosity and just a touch of anxiety. “Symbolic of situations encountered around our world, these obscure oddities help convey a message regarding this mysterious life we live, in a universe which is yet to be fully explored.”
Brad Blair is an artist, educator and gallery coordinator living in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2014, he earned an M.F.A. degree from Florida State University (FSU) focusing on ceramics and sculpture. Prior to FSU, he graduated from Towson University in 2009 with a B.S. degree, majoring in Art & Design. Aside from making artwork and exhibiting it nationally, Blair is an adjunct professor at Towson University, Chesapeake Gallery Coordinator at Harford Community College and instructor of ceramic classes at Baltimore Clayworks and The New Phoenix Pottery.
The Back Room of the Main Gallery will showcase a solo installation by Trisha Kyner called Riding Long Dead Horses. There will be three half-sized figures astride an empty saddle, looking off into the distance. “I wanted them marked by the land, the journey. I was thinking about my own family myths, the grain of truth and toughness, as well as how false pride and privilege had shaped our stories. I was thinking about escapes and reinventions, but I also wanted to engage in a bit of mockery and re-evaluation of myth.”
Trisha Kyner is an Assistant Professor of Art at the Community College of Baltimore County. As a figurative sculptor her work has been shown at Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey, NCECA, the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, the National Gallery of Art in Mumbai, India, and the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art. Ms. Kyner holds a B.F.A. for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an M.F.A. from the University of Montana. She lives and works in a converted grocery store in Woodlawn, MD, and is an Associate Artist at Baltimore Clayworks.
Our Main Gallery will host Of Mind and Memory, a solo exhibition by Sara E. Morales-Morgan, former Baltimore Clayworks’ 2016-2017 Lormina Salter Fellowship Artist. The show will feature her porcelain figurative sculptures, paintings, and jewelry. “My artwork explores my notions of identity and home through the creation of illustrated ceramic sculptures. Using female figures, iconography, and domestic scenery, I present personal themes of femininity, memory, and mental health to discuss what are ultimately universal experiences. I draw inspiration from historical portraiture for my figure’s forms, clothing, and some imagery. Themes like longing, love, fragility, strength, and family have been depicted in art throughout history. Although we often feel isolated in our experiences, looking at women from the past helps me to see that I am not alone and to feel a sense of validation. I hope others can connect to my work in similar ways.”
Sara E. Morales-Morgan is an artist from San Jose, California, and Hartselle, Alabama, currently located in Baltimore, Maryland. Her artwork explores her notions of identity and home through the creation of illustrated ceramic sculptures. She earned her Master’s degree in Ceramics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from the University of South Alabama. She has exhibited her work in over 50 exhibitions nationally; most notably in the 2017 Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, the Archie Bray Foundation’s “Beyond the Brickyard” exhibition, the annual National Conference for the Education of Ceramic Arts; and at the Dairy Barn Arts Center’s “OH+5: Ohio Border Biennial” exhibition, where she won “Best in Show.” Her work has been published in Ceramics Monthly and in 500 Figures in Clay Volume 2 by LARK Books. She has been a resident artist at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts’ “Pentaculum,” at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts as a Kiln God Award recipient, and at Baltimore Clayworks as the 2016 – 2017 Lormina Salter Fellow.
Baltimore Clayworks is thrilled to have our Gallery Building filled with invigorating exhibitions of contemplative figures and winsome creatures that will occupy our space and your imagination. Shows will run this summer from July 14th – September 1st, 2018. An Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, July 14th from 6 – 8pm. The reception is free and open to the public.
Follow these links to read more about each show and see photos!
Of Mind and Memory: Sara E. Morales-Morgan
Riding Long Dead Horses: Trisha Kyner
Aberrant Beings: Brad Blair
Recent Sculptures: David Aaron Friedheim
In addition to these wonderful shows inside, we are proud to share the marvelous metal sculpture Chameleon, by Grendel’s Mother (David Aaron Friedheim and Trisha Kyner) on our front lawn.