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17AlbertPfarrWalterGropiusMasterArtistSeriesPresentsExhibitionJuly262014-October192014PublicPresentationSeptember252014at7p.m.WorkshopEquilibriumDemonstrationandDiscussionwithAlbertPfarronBuildingLarge-ScaleWorktakesplace9a.m.to4p.m.September26-282014.AbouttheArtistAlbertParrreceivedaBacheloroArtsromtheStateUniversityoNewYork-Potsdamin1984.Followingpost-baccalaureatestudyattheUniversityoMassachusetts-AmherstheearnedaMasteroFineArtsdegreein1990romtheNewYorkStateCollegeoCeramicsatAlredUniversity.Parrhasreceivednumerousawardsresearchgrantsellowshipsandresidenciesbothstatesideandabroad.In2005hewasoneosixnationalEmergingArtistschosenbytheNationalCouncilorEducationoCeramicArts.TheollowingyearhewasselectedastheNCE-CAArtist-in-Residenceorasix-weekresidencyattheGuldager-gaardInternationalCeramicResearchCenterinDenmark.ParrsworkisrepresentedinnumerousprivateandpubliccollectionssuchastheDaumMuseumoContemporaryArtSedaliaMis-souritheArchieBrayFoundationHelenaMTandtheJohnMi-chaelKohlerArtsCenterSheboyganWI.Hisworkhasbeenea-turedinTheNewYorkTimesCeramicsMonthlyandAmericanCraftamongothers.Since2007ParrhasmanagedtheeducationandstudiooperationsoGreenwichHousePotteryaninternationallyrecognizedcenterorceramicsinNewYorkNY.Heisalsoinvolvedinresearchanddevelopmentothe3DprintingoceramicsorCorecastinconjunctionwithShapewaysa3DprintingcompanyheadquarteredinNewYork.AbouttheArtistsWorkBrooklyn-basedceramistAlbertParrisknownorlarge-scaleree-standingceramicsculpturescomposedohundredsointerconnectingandinterchangeablepartsthatdrawinspirationrompatternsoconstructioninbothnatureandtechnology.Usingapeg-and-holeabricationtechniqueParrinsertsavari-ablecombinationoearthenwarespinesfangesandloopsintoacylindricalterracottacore.Theresultingnon-representationalormsbloomanddeveloporganicallyspontaneouslyashecareullybalancesandcounterweightsthenumerouscompo-nents.Hisassemblagesaremodulareachcontainspotentialele-mentsothenexttoberecycledintonewobjectsinentirelydi-erentcongurations.ThescaleandsheerphysicalityoParrsworkcanbeintimidatingandotherworldlyyettheamiliarre-semblancetooversizedtoysmodelsomolecularstructuresorthree-dimensionaldoodlesengagesanddelightstheviewer.InhisartiststatementAlbertParrstatesIcreateworkasiIwerepiecingtogetherapuzzleorcreatingacode.InasenseIvecreatedagameormyselandtheviewer.Ienjoyworkingwithinthelimitationsothisinventedgame-seeingwhatnewpiecescanbemadeeachtimeIsetuptheworkusingavocabularyoparts.Theormsareconstructedonroundedbasesthatenablethemtorockbackandorthwhenpushed.Thereisasubtlere-erencetothegureandthesimpleshapesandcolorshaveachildlikeappeal.Thelargescalecreatesanundeniablepresenceinagalleryspaceandtheprojectingshapesstandincontrasttostraightcleanarchitecturallines.Anotherconnectionsuggeststheprocessoathrownceramicvesselincludingitsrelianceoncenterrotationandspinningorce.Thegoalhoweverisnottomakeanalperectedormbutrathertorelinquishsomecontroloverthenalimagetospontaneousdecisions.Bycre-atingworksthatcanbeassembledanddissembledItradethepreciousnessotheormalobjectortheenjoymentandactivityinvolvedincreating.AlbertParrForUndierligeMurstenstrangebrick5-22-418.Ceramic10hx5d.GyeonggiInternationalCeramicBiennaleSouthKorea.Im-agecourtesyotheartist.Inthisdemonstration-onlyworkshopparticipantswillexperi-encersthandhowtobuildlarge-scaleceramicsculptureswithocusonusingmoldsanduniversalttingsinspiredbyindustrytocreateworkthatcanbeassembledinvariouscombinations.Specialattentionwillbegiventounderstandingthestructuralrequirementsormakinglarge-scaleworksaelybyunderstand-ingthelimitationsoclayandwaystoworkwithitsweightandinherentragility.Theartistwillsharethewaysinwhichsci-entictheorieshaveinspiredtheselarge-scaleworksaswellasaddressingindividualquestionsrelatingtoparticipantsartisticendeavorsandtechnicalissues.