‘DIALOGUES’ features ceramic sculptures by Carrianne Hendrickson

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts continues “DIALOGUES” through Nov. 15, featuring finely-crafted works that suggest an exchange of ideas and opinions by six emerging and established artists from across the country.

“DIALOGUES” features figurative ceramic sculptures by Carrianne Hendrickson, New York; colorful abstract paintings by Marcie Paper, New York; elegant ceramic sculptures by Jeff Pender, North Carolina; and compelling figurative paintings by Christopher St. John, New Mexico.

Also showing, a collaborative “DIALOGUES” project by Debra Blair, New Mexico, and Marti Bledsoe, Colorado, in the SHY RABBIT print studio gallery.

Whether abstract, figurative, or purely sculptural, the paintings and ceramics selected for inclusion in “DIALOGUES” contain a conversational element special to each piece. They were chosen for their ability to speak in unique ways to and with the viewer, sometimes subtly but often overtly.

These works suggest an exchange of ideas and opinions. They hint at a conversation held privately between the artwork and its maker. They announce the internal dialogue taking place between the figures in the paintings or on the ceramics. They have a narrative quality, obvious or hidden, that tells a story to be interpreted differently by each viewer interacting with the work. Abstract compositions contain a musical or lyrical element, suggestive of a conversation.

“DIALOGUES” features several highly original figurative sculptures by New York ceramist, Carrianne Hendrickson.

Hendrickson received her bachelor of science degree in Ceramic Design from SUNY College, Buffalo, N.Y., in 1997, and her certification in art education in 2000.

Hendrickson’s work has been published in a number of Lark Books, including “The Ceramic Design Book,” 1997; “500 Teapots,” 2002; “500 Figures in Clay,” 2004; and “500 Animals in Clay,” 2006. Her work appears regularly in Ceramics Monthly, and was included in “Teapots: Makers and Collectors,” by Dona Meilach for Schiffer Books in 2005.

Hendrickson uses the human figure in an illustrative manner to elicit certain psychological responses in the viewer.

“I generally like to use naturalistic backgrounds and subject matter in my work since that is the environment I experienced as a child and young woman growing up in the very pastoral finger-lakes region,” stated Hendrickson.

“Some might say that my work while having an innocent quality to it, also has dark undertones,” Hendrickson continued.“ I do this because it is a symbolic reflection of the human condition as being both good and evil, and thick with all of its many dark and mysterious facets.”

Hendrickson works with a low fire clay body and experimental combinations of low fire commercial, mixed glazes and under glazes. She generally works less than 17 inches in any dimension and prefers figurative imagery. Hendrickson creates her work using basic hand building techniques of pinched clay, coil building, and slab, initially working solid and later hollowing the work using newspaper and armatures. She fires all of her work in the low fire range using an electric kiln.

“My focus is much more on the quality of work and the sculptural aspects of clay, and less on the chemistry and processes of ceramics”, Hendrickson concluded. “I do like to combine commercial glazes and modify them with varying amounts of stains, and under glazes. I also enjoy using titanium pentoxide and silicon carbide under glazing for interesting textural surfacing.”

Hendrickson’s work has been included in a large number of national art exhibitions, including “Fantasy Teapots from the Arthur Goldberg Collection,” Fuller Craft Museum, Mass.; “HOT TEA 2008,” invitational teapot exhibition, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif.; and “Teapots: Object to Subject,” Forbes Gallery, New York, N.Y., the first showing in a three-year traveling exhibition, organized by the Craft Alliance of St. Louis and Exhibits USA.

Hendrickson has been teaching art to adults with developmental disabilities at the Starlight Studio and Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y., from 2005 until present day. She lectured regularly at SUNY College at Buffalo, N.Y., and taught undergraduate courses in two- and three-dimensional design and ceramics at Buffalo State College, N.Y., from 2000 to 2005.

SHY RABBIT gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts is located at 333 Bastille Drive, two blocks north of U.S. 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard.  The 4,000 square-foot arts facility houses a ceramic studio and fine art gallery, two mixed-media workshops, and two large exhibition spaces.

For more information on SHY RABBIT, visit www.shyrabbit.com or call 731-2766.

For more information on “DIALOGUES,” visit www.shyrabbit.com/Exhibits.html.