Clay Art Center is pleased to present
Concurrent Solo Exhibitions by Artists-in-Residence
Christine Fashion and Nikki Lau
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 8th, 6 – 8pm
Ongoing through July 20th
Nikki Lau holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts from the University of Washington and a MFA in Ceramics from Penn State University. Prior to coming to Clay Art Center, she worked at ceramics institutions and businesses like The Clay Studio and This Many Boyfriends Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lau loves teaching, because her personal career goals are to be both a maker and an instructor. She is currently a resident artist at Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY.
“As a third generation Asian-American woman, I feel an invisible border between assimilating to American culture and being accepted as Chinese. My first memories of Chinatown were piles of fruits and vegetables, exotified souvenirs, Peking duck hanging in windows, and tanks of catfish.”
”In a Pinch”
Christine Fashion is a ceramic artist currently working and living in Westchester, NY. She holds a BFA from Penn State University. In 2017, she was awarded the 2017 Windgate Fellowship for her project, Collections: Hierarchy and Value. Before coming to Port Chester, she worked at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, PA. Fashion makes and collects objects to create and to connect her own ideas of identity. Christine is currently a resident artist at Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY, where she continues her studio practice as well as teaching ceramics to all ages of makers.
“I am interested in how our lives influence our understanding of value, class and cultural identity. I seek both order and disorder through intuitive and responsive making within self-imposed boundaries”
Luke Wilde - Westchester Community Foundation Young Artist Resident
Year End Exhibition
on view through the end of June
Luke Wilde creates work at an intersection of design, craft and technology. Utilizing algorithms and coding to create designs, Wilde can create randomized templates that follow a common pattern in which to unify them. Each tile is an iteration that is first produced in a computer then exported to a machine in order to make a physical stencil. Wilde uses this stencil as a guide when applying color to ceramic. Through intuition Wilde adds colors that he feels creates a balance within the computer generated layout.
There is an interesting dynamic that is created through working this way. Wilde set rules for the computer to work within and then the computer outputs parameters for him. The computer creates randomness through code while Wilde creates randomness through intuition. The result is a design that is in a sense the combined labor of human and computer.
Luke Wilde is a Westchester native born in Dobbs Ferry. As a kid he took classes at a local pottery studio and continued into his teenage years. Wilde went on to study Digital Media at NYC-POLY briefly, then decided to transfer to SUNY New Paltz to study Ceramics. He received a BFA in ceramics in 2017.