I am not a ceramicist

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Porcina, Mark
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Art, c2012
Ceramics has always existed on the fringes of craft and high art. The purpose of this thesis project is to elevate clay beyond the traditions of craft by examining the historical use of clay and the everyday object. My research looks specifically at works by Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons and Jasper Johns in order to examine the origin of displaying the massproduced object and reflecting upon it’s validity as high status art object. In this project I am also interested in infrastructural systems within modern architecture-- plumbing, wiring, heat ducts vents-- with a specific focus on systems lurking inside walls and how these function to influence architectural space. With the advent of modern plumbing, concealing these elements was adopted as the new standard and still exists today. Through the presentation of defamiliarized handmade objects, my exhibition presents the appearance of manufactured material through the serial manipulation of scale, surface and quantity. The result reveals a clay piece that renders the material unrecognizable providing the viewer with a new view on the object's tradition.
v, 47 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968 -- Criticism and interpretation , Warhol, Andy, 1928-1987 -- Criticism and interpretation , Koons, Jeff, 1955 - -- Criticism and interpretation , Johns, Jasper,|d1930- -- Criticism and interpretation , Ceramics , Clay , Manufactures , Art objects , Dissertations, Academic