Please join us for an opening reception to present Doug Herren’s exhibition of his ceramic works, Chroma Structure, this Sunday afternoon, October 25, 2020 from 1:00PM – 4:00PM. The Artist will be on site to meet gallery visitors and discuss his work. In accordance with COVID-19 safety protocols and to ensure the safety of our staff and attendees, admittance to the gallery will be limited to 6 guests at a time.
A Philadelphia-based sculptor working in clay, Herren came to the medium organically. First studying at Wichita State University (BFA) and then Louisiana State University (MFA) earning degrees in ceramics, Herren was captivated by the technical nuances of wheel throwing and began making functional ceramics. An attendee of the acclaimed Archie Bray Foundation in Montana and The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, both residencies were influential in developing his remarkable, hybrid sculptural vessels and stands.
Herren’s recent body of work offers bold, non-apologetic monuments to classical forms and functional objects. Tables, amphora urns, stirrup pots, and elaborate architectural vases are assembled through wheel-thrown and slab-built stoneware components coated with layers of oil-based enamel paints. The saturated vivid colors, often subtly bleeding through from lower layers, accentuate and soften the edges of the architectural ceramic forms. Herren’s keen understanding of color saturation animates the massive stone-like forms. With an architect’s eye, he optically flattens a shape in space, pushing another forward, suspending one plane which resists the pull of another. Doug’s monolithic structures are once imposing, yet after careful examination, reveal dynamic elements of stability.
Chroma-Structure will be on exhibit at Gravers Lane Gallery October 10, 2020 through November 15, 2020.