Lauren Herzak-Bauman and Blake Jamison Williams come together for their exhibition “Boundless”. This exhibition allows both artists to create a forum to discuss the intersections and delineations in practice, material, and concept within their practices.
Lauren uses clay as a primary medium to make sculptures and installations that examine materiality and production against her evolving relationship with death and loss. Her installations convert ordinary spaces into quiet, contemplative environments. Comprised of hundreds of feet of handmade porcelain chain, the Field series utilizes the architectural elements of the gallery to create a hovering, floating mass within the space. Each chain is made by hand, link-by-link, to the same specifications. Once installed in the gallery, the chains show their flaws and imperfections, disclosing her perceptions of control, and how porcelain’s capabilities to warp, crack, and break reveal the human nature of the work.
Pieces in Blake’s Bloom Series explore the fullness and lightness associated with flowers using the permanence of porcelain. Blake is fascinated by the simple joy of flowers and how they immediately change the brain into a state of happiness and hope. Her hand built porcelain flowers mimic the fragility of actual flowers yet remain in a state of constant bloom. In Michigan, especially during the winter months, it is reassuring to remind oneself that spring will soon reappear and with it will be the green warmth of flowers.