Artwork by Lauren Mabry


OCTOBER 23, 2021 - JANUARY 8, 2022

Saturday, October 23 | 4 PM - 6 PM

Pentimenti Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of the sculptural ceramic work of Lauren Mabry. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.
Lauren Mabry’s newest work pushes the farthest boundaries of the physicality of form and material. Firing her kiln to the melting point of the lush, vibrant glazes she uses, Mabry transforms the material’s state of matter from solid to liquid to solid again. The work is both experimental and precisely calculated; the desired effect is only achieved within a narrow range of temperature possibilities. The Degree of Movement refers to the temperature at which the glaze morphs into a molten flow of gesture.
Mabry's dimensional drawings escape the sculptural form and drip or melt across openings in the architecture in the work. The contrast between the geometric structure of the ceramic and the amorphous fluidity of the glaze pillars and drips is complicated by the mark-making on the surface of the ceramic. These drawn abstractions weave a language of symbolic connection between the different elements of the work.
The Degree of Movement is the product of both a vigorous research-based artistic practice, as well as formal experimentation and innovation. Despite the process-oriented nature of the work, the sculptures maintain strong senses of spontaneity and serendipity. Play and joy are integral elements of the work.
Lauren Mabry (b. 1985, Madison, WI) received her BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and her MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her work has exhibited at such museums and institutions as The Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, DE; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; Jingdezhen International Studio, Jingdezhen, China; GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA; Gaya Ceramic Design Center, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia; Zanesville Prize Exhibition, International Juried Exhibition, Seiler’s Gallery, Zanesville, OH; Kimball Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT; Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO; Strohl Art Center, Chautauqua, NY; National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts, Kansas City, MO; Grand Arts Building curated for Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO; The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA; Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE; New Art Center, Newtown, MA; Raphael Prize Exhibition, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; NCECA Biennial, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX; The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT; among others. Her work is represented in permanent collections at Fuller Craft Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sheldon Museum of Art, The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, and Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. She is the recipient of individual grants from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, The Independence Foundation Grant, and the NCECA Emerging Artist Award.
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