Opening reception - February 1st from 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Artist talk by Craig Clifford and Debbie Kupinsky at 6:00 PM, February 1st.
Exhibition runs from January 3rd - February 24th.
Featuring work by: Brighton D. Smith, Craig Clifford, and Debbie Kupinsky
Brighton Smith grew up in Southern California studying Drawing and Painting from an early age. He earned his BA in Studio Art and Art History from Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA in 2013. Brighton began floral and botanical painting in 2010 with exotic flowers. He moved to Arizona in 2013 with his wife, since then he has learned to appreciate the desert landscape and flowers. His show “Dreaming of Summer” will feature flowers from the Arizona Desert with bright color. Brighton has had 4 solo exhibitions with Skidmore Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, he has shown his work in numerous group shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Baltimore, and Phoenix.
Craig Clifford received his BFA from California State University Long Beach in 2000 and his MFA from Louisiana State University in 2003. He exhibits his work nationally and internationally and has been included in the 2007 and 2009 World Ceramic Biennial in South Korea as well as, Ceramic Top 40, and is a past artist in residence at The Archie Bray Foundation, in Helena Montana. He is currently in the studio working for upcoming collaborative exhibitions with artist Debbie Kupinsky in 2018 at Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee WI, 2019 at James May Gallery in Algoma WI and a two-person exhibition The Bloomington Center for the Arts in Bloomington MN. He has taught ceramics and art at California State University Long Beach, USC, Mississippi Valley State University and is currently the head of the ceramics program at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.
My work investigates the role of objects and images as carriers of meaning and explores the role of layered images in the construction of metaphorical landscapes. Ordinary objects like flowers, teacups, bottles, and toys are some of the subjects and images within my work that come together to create larger, open narrative. The relationships in the work between sculptural pieces and found objects are meant to leave space for the viewer and allow them to find themselves, their memories and associations. Through the tactile replication of objects and forms, the viewer is able to create their own connections between seemingly disparate images. The pieces create layers of meaning with an emphasis on the density and hidden forms within the work. My goal is to create a visually playful experience where meaning and narrative is created with each individual experience. The works are meant to show themselves in layers of information that take time to reveal themselves to the viewer.