MAXWELL MUSTARDO: VOLUMINOUS MUTE

EXHIBITION: JUNE 13 – July 11, 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.

Participants will be able to ask questions and engage with Max and the artwork.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Maxwell Mustardo

Maxwell Mustardo

Artist in Residence

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. 

Artist Statement: I approach making as a vital opportunity to examine perception and signification. My work engages with ceramics as a polyphonic medium: one which speaks in multiple voices simultaneously. By working within simple constraints, such as the format of the mug or torus, I explore orchestrations of elements of surface, form, materiality, and function. Many projects revolve around broad, reverential notions of the vessel, the body, and language. Attempts are made to continually dissect processes, re-visit forms, and re-frame themes to agitate evolution, antagonize static thinking, and fuse opposing notions. Objects are focused upon as vital witnesses and participants, reflections and poems, animate and imagined.