Masculinity Explored by Wicks In Small Fortune Exhibit at Morean Center for Clay

09 Sep 2019, Posted by Robin McGowan in ART Matters, Community, Events, News, Press Releases

St. Petersburg, FL (September 14 thru 30, 2019) – The Middle Gallery, curated by Danny Dobrow, at the Morean Center for Clay will feature an exhibition of work created by Tampa artist Matthew Wicks. An opening reception is scheduled from 5 pm to 8:30 pm on Saturday, September 14, as part of the Second Saturday Artwalk program in St. Petersburg.

“The primary function of my work is to soften and collapse dichotomies such as: fine art vs. craft, contemporary art vs. life, and function vs. object. As my work strives to present the viewer with familiar objects in unfamiliar ways, the uncanny-ness of the everyday/mundane is elevated into a new understanding of process, material and craft,” said Wicks.

In a deeper exploration of these themes, Wicks’ small fortune is an exhibition of works that discuss masculinity, domesticity, getting hard, being soft, and going fast. “While notions of beauty, kitsch and the domestic all comingle under the surface of my work, I strive to challenge the viewer’s perceptions of the familiar or often overlooked objects in contemporary life,” added Wicks.

Wicks graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics/Sculpture from the University of South Florida in 2016 after earning a Post-Baccalaureate Degree in Applied Craft from the Oregon College of Art and Craft, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Ceramics from the University of Montana.

The Morean Center for Clay is located at 420 22nd Street South in St. Petersburg.

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