"Unity of the Spheres."
October 6 - November 15, 2014
Opening Reception: October 9, 2014, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The CCM Visual Arts Gallery
County College of Morris, Randolph Campus
Sherman H. Masten Library
The current exhibit in the CCM Visual Arts Gallery is titled “Unity of the Spheres.” The exhibition brings together over 70 regional artists in collaboration with CCM Adjunct Professor Barry Zawacki. Zawacki created a large number of ceramic spheres, platters or disks employing a range of techniques and media onto his saggar-fired pieces. He then presented the pieces to many of his artist colleagues to join him in a collaborative artistic expression of his “spheres.”
“Each sphere is unique,” states Zawacki, “as the process creates varying blushes of color and visual textures on the surface of the clay.” The uniqueness of each sphere served as the inspiration to challenge the artists to elicit the true character of each one, while the spherical form provided a consistent theme connecting all the pieces. Working on a new surface encouraged the artists to freely express their creative perspectives in methods they might not ordinarily try.
Zawacki sums it up by stating, “After 2 years of enthusiastic collaboration, the body of work has culminated in a visual journey allowing the viewers to enjoy differing subject matter across a single unifying principle: Beauty lies in diversity.”
(A saggar is a ceramic, boxlike container used in the firing of pottery to enclose or protect ware in kilns. Traditionally saggars were made primarily from fireclay.)