City Sine Cera

City Sine Cera

Five ceramic artists scrutinize the conceptual and material language inspired by a sincere inquiry into the urban landscapeEvent Website

May 4th - Jun 24th, 2018
Opening Reception
Fri May 4th, 2018 6PM - 8PM CST
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis ( map )

City Sine Cera is guest curated by Heather Nameth Bren, ceramic artist and educator. “Sine Cera” is the root form of "sincerity", from the Latin meaning “without wax”.


When Romans made pots, they often sealed the base with wax, claiming they were watertight, but in time the wax melted or wore away, rendering the pots useless for liquids. Pots not finished with wax were inscribed “Sine Cera” to prove that they were sound, and from this evolved the word “Sincere”. City Sine Cera’s exhibiting artists will scrutinize the conceptual and material language inspired by a sincere inquiry into the urban landscape.


David East’s most recent work is installation-based, focuses on digital technologies, and is an exploration of the contradictions between inane human patterns and originality. 


Sarah Lindley records the environmentally violent history of the industrial communities that surround her through installations that call attention to the materials employed and how they relate to the permanent scarring of a location, as well as a visual reference to both the strengths and vulnerabilities inherent in our ecosystems.


Bobby Silverman’s work forces the marriage of the visual experiences of the body with the more personally intuitive perceptions of the mind. His commitment to the inherent properties of clay plays alongside text in various forms including graffiti, Braille, barcodes, and Morse code.


Adam Welch employs the brick at the core of all of his sculptural and design work; as a foundation for creating a structure; as a commentary on and character within history; as a material object in and of itself.


Merrie Wright’s precision is at the center of her work. The surfaces, landscapes, and forms are painstakingly created and demand inquiry into their production and origin. Is it digital industrial technology or is it handmade?






Same Night 
Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award Recipients
May 4 to Jun 24
Emily Galusha Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, May 4, 6 – 8 pm


The Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award Recipients exhibition features work from Northern Clay Center's 2014-2017 award recipients.




Artist Talk 
X15: Artist talk with Bobby Silverman and Merrie Wright
Thursday, May 3, 6 pm
NCC Library – FREE


Sit down and listen in on a conversation with Bobby Silverman and Merrie Wright followed by a discussion led by the curator of City Sine Cera, Heather Nameth Bren. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is much appreciated, as seating is limited.

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