John Mason: Meditation on Material, Opens Sept. 15

John Mason, one of the greatest ceramic artists of the mid-20th century, was a visionary in his work with clay and space. These aspects of his work are the focus of this exhibition.

John Mason, Irvine, 1973, Photo by the artist, John Mason Archives

Meditation on Material:
John Mason’s Firebrick Installations

AUGUST 25 – OCTOBER 21, 2018
Opening Reception: September 15
Williamson Gallery, Scripps College

Los Angeles was the site of a “revolution in clay” in which a small group of artists challenged studio pottery’s traditional focus on utilitarian ware to create sculptural forms. One of the central figures, John Mason, emerged as a sculptor of power, creating new works in clay that claimed equal footing with art in other media. Mason went on to work with clay and space as a visionary. In his Hudson River Series, Mason turned to manufactured firebricks as a medium, revealing most distinctly his deep interest in the role of the viewer and his fascination with the process of perception. The John Mason exhibition at the Williamson focuses on an installation that Mason created in preparation for the series,  one that reveals much of his thinking for the work yet to come.


John Mason: Firebricks
And Shifting Notions of Scale and
Process in Sculpture

Tuesday, October 16, 4:30 p.m.
Steele Hall, Rm. 101, Scripps College

This presentation by Edward Cella, director, Edward Cella Art & Architecture, will be given in conjunction with the exhibition Meditation on Material: John Mason’s Firebrick Installations.


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