Garth Johnson Lecture: Showing/Making
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Showing/Making is fast-paced multimedia lecture about contemporary artists in the field of ceramics who use video and performance as an extension of their studio practice. Ever since Japanese Gutai artist Kazuo Shiraga wrestled several tons of clay in his 1955 work Challenging Mud, artists have grasped both the visceral and metaphorical qualities of clay. A new generation of artists has embraced performance art and the video camera as tools that go beyond mere documentation to allow them to show the use (or perhaps just as often, abuse) of clay.
Writer, curator and educator Garth Johnson is curator of ceramics at the ASU Art Museum in Tempe, Arizona, where he oversees their world-renowned Ceramics Research Center collection. Before moving to Tempe, Garth served as the Curator of Artistic Programs at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and spent seven years as a Professor at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California. Johnson is known for his irreverent wit, which can be explored through his weblog, www.extremecraft.com. He has also exhibited his work and published his writing nationally and internationally, including contributions to the books Handmade Nation, Craftivity, Craft Corps, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Nation Building. He is a self-described craft activist who explores craft’s influence and relevance in the 21st century.