Friday, June 14, 5:30pm

Open Form//CLSD Form is an exhibition featuring work from ceramic artists Deighton Abrams and Eric Knoche. The opening reception will be June 14, 5:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free to attend and open to all ages. The exhibition continues through August 31.

Form in sculpture is defined by its volume and its mass as it consumes the space around it. These forms can be open, pierced to allow for air and light to pass through uninterrupted; or they can be closed, trapping shadow and mass within, interiors that will never be seen. The ceramic works of Eric Knoche and Deighton Abrams use abstraction to react to worlds both exterior and interior, expanding and enveloping what is both concrete and ephemeral.

Deighton Abrams is originally from Alaska and has an MFA with a concentration in ceramics from Clemson University. He has been awarded numerous grants, including the Clemson Art Department Scholarship for study in Jingdezhen, China and the Professional Enrichment Grant for artist research in Iceland. Abrams utilizes ceramic forms, both figural and geologic, to create complex narratives about the human psyche and its impact on the surrounding landscape.

Originally from Minnesota, Eric Knoche studied anthropology in India, poetry in California, taught ceramics at a college in Thailand and drove a muffin truck in New York City before apprenticing to ceramist Jeff Shapiro. He later completed a short-term apprenticeship to Japanese Living National Treasure, Isezaki Jun, in Bizen, Japan. Knoche received his BA from the University of Minnesota. He exhibits and teaches internationally.