MAXWELL MUSTARDO: VOLUMINOUS MUTE
VIRTUAL TOUR AND GALLERY TALK: JUNE 13TH, 4PM-5:30PM ISH
EXHIBITION: JUNE 13 – JUNE 27, 2020
Concluding his residency, Maxwell Mustardo will have his work installed in Gallery 212. Although the building is closed all are invited to attend the free Virtual Gallery Tour & Artist Talk on Saturday, June 13 at 4pm PST / 7pm EST, hosted by Kala Stein, Director of Ceramics & Arts at Sonoma Community Center.
Voluminous Mute contains a selection of Max Mustardo’s pottery investigations made during his 6-month residency at the Sonoma Community Center. These new ceramic works take on volume and surface as primary tools for exploring how pottery forms and functions are articulated. A sense of historical reverence butts dramatically against the irreverent reimagining of a variety of ceramic archetypes, from clay tablets to amphorae to blue & white wares to diner mugs. The title, Voluminous Mute, sets up an oxymoronic stance that emphasizes the uncanny, whimsical, and bodily language of the objects in the exhibition.
Maxwell Mustardo was born in 1993 in rural New Jersey. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Science in Art History and Theory from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2017. During his time at Alfred, Max earned multiple awards including an ARGUS grant for materials research, a Levine Endowment grant to study material culture in Japan & South Korea, and a nomination for the Thayer Fellowship in the Arts/Patricia Kerr Ross Award as the SUNY finalist in the visual arts category. In addition, Max studied industrial design and material culture at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China. His current practice encompasses scholarly writing, curation, teaching, design, and sculpture. He is currently an artist in residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, Texas.