Gin O'keefe: Drink Bleach

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Gin O'Keefe
"Drink Bleach"
April 11 - May 2, 2015
Opening reception Saturday, April 11, 7-10 PM
at fort gondo

About the exhibition:

Gin O’Keefe’s punched and twisted ceramics exuberantly disrupt the preciousness of the medium. In rendering traditional clay forms, such as vessels and plates, acutely gnarly and functionless, she also upends the tired tropes of the feminine domestic sphere. A heavy, knotty shopping cart is impossible to push; warped and worm-like baskets threaten to cut the carrier. And craft itself appears irreverently dismissed — preferring instead a kind of fiery punk elegance that relishes gleeful disorder over tidy obedience. Born of absurd performances that have left the artist and participants sore and bruised, these sculptures ultimately take on an unexpected painterly presence — moving beyond their determined physicality to become bright, brushed gestures.


About the artist:

Gin O’Keefe receives her MFA in ceramics from the University of Missouri this May (2015), where she was an Ann Hoffman Memorial Scholarship awardee. She has been an artist-in-residence at Springfield Pottery (Springfield, MO); her work will be included in forthcoming exhibitions at Baltimore Clayworks (Baltimore) and the 2015 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference (Providence, RI). She currently lives and works in Columbia, Missouri.

Exhibitions are funded in party by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Dedalus Foundation, and the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. Opening receptions sponsored by Schlafly Beer.
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