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Linda Sormin Nature/Nurture Virtual Tour. Video by Great Sky Media.

LINDA SORMIN

 

This week we conclude our series of news & stories about the twelve women artists in NATURE/NURTURE with a focus on Linda Sormin whose work Reshaping Rage is on view through July 7th.


Due to the extended run of Nature/Nurture, we had the opportunity to reflect on paths taken, connections made and shared experiences in our weekly series of FC News & Stories with each issue focusing on an individual artist in the exhibition. The ON NURTURE statements written by each artist acknowledges family, artist mentors, education and for Linda Sormin, a growing context for her work "Reshaping Rage", conceived of and titled prior to COVID19.
My first introduction to Linda was in 2008 when she started teaching at RISD, but I didn't fully understand her work until I experienced it in person when I met her at Greenwich House Pottery to see her solo installation,
My Voice Changes When I Speak Your Language. Arriving with deeply held preconceptions of tightly controlled pedestal presentations, my viewpoint was permanently altered by seeing her bold, ambitious and gravity-defying use of the earthbound material - clay.
 

“Sormin practices the art of the slow burn– both literally… and also figuratively, in that her sprawling installations communicate a carefully controlled fury. It is a vivid, visual chamber music, in which not a single note of pragmatism, didacticism or functionalism can be heard… The visitor is encouraged to wander through this ceramic wonderland as if through an ancient forest.” –Glenn Adamson

We are pleased to announce that Linda Sormin will be included in MASS MoCA's upcoming exhibition Sculpture and the Possibilities of Clay opening fall 2021 curated by Susan Cross, senior curator.


To read more director notes click HERE.

NOW OPEN BY APPOINTMENT
ON NURTURE: Linda Sormin

ON RESHAPING RAGE (WHEN REVENGE MAKES PERFECT SENSE)

Fracture, "unbuilding" and re-situating ceramics are part of my process in creating large scale, site-responsive installations.  Aggressive physical interactions with material and form embody the ways that humans de-construct and re-shape our lives in situations of upheaval, change and trauma.  My sculptures and installations alternately hold and release these points of tension and precariousness.
 
The title of my sculpture in this exhibition, Reshaping Rage (when revenge makes perfect sense), is drawn from a recent New Yorker interview of Judith Butler.  I am inspired by how Butler talks about rage as something that can be crafted:

“People in the world have every reason to be in a state of total rage. What we do with that rage together is important. Rage can be crafted—it’s sort of an art form of politics. The significance of nonviolence is not to be found in our most pacific moments but precisely when revenge makes perfect sense.” – Judith Butler Wants Us to Reshape Our Rage

The New Yorker, interview by Masha Gessen February 9, 2020

Read the Interview, HERE

Read more from Linda's Statments, HERE

ARTIST NEWS & ON VIEW
The Gardiner Museum Instagram Live Studio Visit with Linda Sormin
Chief Curator Sequoia Miller and the Gardiner Museum launched their virtual artist studio visits on Instagram Live with Linda Sormin, on June 23, 2020. 
Watch this behind-the-scenes peek at her home studio and what she's working on.


Click HERE for more on the Gardiner Museum's Upcoming Programs and Events.
ON VIEW AT THE EVERSON MUSEUM OF ART
The Everson began collecting ceramics in 1916 with a purchase of 32 porcelains by preeminent Arts and Crafts potter Adelaide Alsop Robineau, which ultimately built the framework for the Museum’s focus on works in clay.

Linda Sormin's Strange Feeling, acquired by the museum in 2017, keeps the company of Adelaide Alsop Robineau's famous Scarab Vase in its permanent collection, both currently on view.

The Everson Museum of Art will be reopening to the public beginning on August 6th.



Learn more about the Everson Museum of Art's Permanent Collection, HERE.


Top: Linda Sormin's Strange Feeling, 2017, Glazed ceramic
Left: Adelaide Alsop Robineau's Scarab Vase (Apotheosis of the Toiler), 1910, Porcelain, 16 ⅝ x 6 inches

Patricia Sweetow Gallery presents ceramic/paper sculpture of New York artist Linda Sormin and digital archival prints by Bay Area artist Gail Wight.

Click HERE for Linda Sormin's Video about this work.
 
Left: Installation View, photo courtesy of Patricia Sweetow Gallery
ARTISTS ON INSTAGRAM
Linda Sormin Instagram takeover: NATURE/NURTURE in Quarantine
 

New ceramic work, &  👁  safety, cones & subverting gravity. I was inspired to share pieces hot out of the kiln - gotta work up the nerve to do this Live! Grateful to be making new work and getting kilns up & running with support & advice from my friends💕...Thanks

Watch the Video on Instagram
 
MORE ON LINDA SORMIN

ABOUT LINDA SORMIN

(b. 1971, Bangkok, Thailand, lives and works in New York, NY)

Born in Thailand and raised in Canada, Linda Sormin’s ceramics-based installations have long explored uncertainty, risk, survival, and precarious and fragile structures. She is attentive to how humans seek stability in the midst of chaos and transition, how we might pause during times of upheaval, and how we hold onto the familiar through experiences of migration and change.

Sormin’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including Patricia Sweetow Gallery (San Francisco, CA), CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art (Middelfart, Denmark), Jogja National Museum, (Yogyakarta, Indonesia), Everson Museum, (Syracuse, NY), Bluecoat Art Gallery, (Liverpool, UK), National Gallery of Indonesia (Jakarta, Indonesia), McClure Gallery, (Montréal, Canada), Gardiner Museum (Toronto, CA), the West Norway Museum of Decorative Art, (Bergen, Norway), Denver Art Museum, (Denver, USA), and gl Holtegaard (Holte, Denmark). In 1993, Sormin completed her BA in English Literature at Andrews University followed by a ceramics diploma from Sheridan College in 2001. In 2003, she earned her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.  Sormin is Associate Professor of Studio Art at New York University.

MORE ON NATURE/NURTURE


NATURE/NURTURE

 

Nature/Nurture is a group exhibition of twelve contemporary female artists invited to explore the influence of gender and its impact on their practice. The exhibition explores these ideas that range from direct interpretations of the natural world to more abstract notions, such as the construction of gender and the endowed role of women within their personal and professional careers. Works in clay range in form from individual vessels to composed still lifes and figural and abstract sculpture. This exhibition was extended due to COVID 19 which allowed the gallery and artists to engage in a dialog exploring the original issues surrounding gender but now through the lens of lives in #thetimeofcovid.


The NATURE/NURTURE series

NATURE/NURTURE | Group Show of 12 Women Artists
LESLIE FERRIN | Director Notes | Nature of Nurturing
CRISTINA CORDOVA | Nature/Nurture | PBS Craft in America – Identity

GISELLE HICKS | Tiles & Vessels | Teaching Online in the Time of COVID19
LAUREN MABRY | Nature/Nurture | Cylinders & Flow Blocks
ANINA MAJOR | Nature/Nurture | No Vacancy in Paradise
CRYSTAL MOREY | Nature/Nurture | Museum Acquisitions
KADRI PÄRNAMETS | Nature/Nurture | Small Matters and Roots & Pollinators

LINDA SIKORA | Nature/Nurture | On Nurture: Our Social and Political Spaces
MARA SUPERIOR | Nature/Nurture | Museum Acquisitions
RAE STERN | Nature/Nurture | In Fugue
TRICIA ZIMIC | Nature/Nurture | Sins & Virtues

READ MORE HERE

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FERRIN CONTEMPORARY NOW OPEN BY APPOINTMENT

FERRIN CONTEMPORARY
NOW OPEN BY APPOINTMENT


We are pleased to announce we are now open to the public by prior appointment and able to share selected works from NATURE/NURTURE and our upcoming solo exhibition of works by PETER PINCUS.

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Congratulations and a huge round of applause to all involved in last week's successful fundraising auction of over 300+ works of ceramic art in support of artists in need and the organizations that support them.

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COVID-19 Relief Grant Program for Artists click HERE.
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