Secret Life of Objects

Secret Life of Objects

Northern Clay Center presents a group exhibition of artists who imagine the life of a ceramic object beyond the pedestal

On view March 5 - April 18 (NCC galleries open 10 am - 5 pm M-F)

In this Secret Life of Objects, NCC curators bring together artists who imagine the life of a ceramic object beyond the pedestal through drawing, collage, and film. The Secret Life of Objects will share the most compelling clay work crossing material boundaries and will draw in new audiences to engage in the role of voyeuristic observer. The representational object, presented in a frozen moment, will be re-presented through various narrative devices—a non-traditional approach to interrupt our process of perception. Artist in this exhibition include: Natalia Arbelaez, Stephen Bird, Arthur Gonzales, Valerie Ling, Leslie Macklin, and Anu-Laura Tuttelberg.

Panel Discussion: Storytelling for Artists & Educators
March 11, 6 pm CT (virtual event)
This remote discussion panel featuring Natalia Arbeleaz, Arthur Gonzalez, and Valerie Ling, led by Jill Foote-Hutton will focus on individual approaches to narrative and storytelling within and around ceramic objects. Engage with methods that can aid in the evolution of developing stories within the objects you create. A lesson plan will be produced as a byproduct of this workshop for educators to employ in their remote or hybrid classrooms. Register for your free spot:

Artist Talk: Valerie Ling
March 16, 6 pm CT (virtual event)
Join Valerie Ling for an artist talk to discover more about the world her objects live in and how this world, that she also invites viewers into, is shaped by stylization and recurring themes. Register for your free spot:

Artist Talk: Stephen Bird
March 23, 6 pm CT (virtual event)
Join Stephen Bird as he presents an image lecture on the development of his ceramic practice, including details about his 2010 digital stop-frame animation project and how his work has been shaped and influenced by this project. Register for your free spot:

This exhibition will show simultaneously with The Mike Norman Retrospective exhibition.

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