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Artist in Residence 2015

08.07.2015

Cassie Griffin

Cassie Griffin (B. 1985; Pennsylvania, US) works with clay as an experimental material, using its properties and the process of throwing to develop ever-changing objects Griffin pushes clay to its physical limit, often embracing the moment at which the material collapses. Straddling the principles of function, decoration and art, Cassie respectfully challenges the material, considering it’s past and future at once. Cassie hat an upcoming solo show at Patrick Parrish, New York (2015). Recent group shows include: ‘Selected by…’, Limoncello, London (2015), ‘Concept Incline’, Jack Chiles, New York, (2015), ‘Cat Show’, Mission 356, Los Angeles (2014), ‘To have and to hold’, Andrew Kreps, New York (2014), ‘Surviving The Pinocchio Locomotive’, Marlborough Gallery, New York (2014)

Dear Material Things

curated by Claire Shea

Cassie Griffin
Matthew Lutz-Kinoy
Jesse Wine

Curated by Claire Shea, Director of the Cass Sculpture Foundation in West Sussex, UK, the exhibition will take place in the old apartment of Contessa Lene Thun, the mind and heart behind the first THUN ceramics. Left untouched since her passing in 2004, the apartment is home to some of the earliest ceramics Lene worked on as well as the last prototypes she experimented with, that still sit on her desk in the position in which she left them.

The exhibition takes its title from an essay entitled ‘The Redemption of Objects’ by Italian writer, Italo Calvino. In it, Calvino looks closely at the life and work of Mario Praz, an Italian critic of art and literature and scholar of English Literature. Praz considered himself a materialist and defended the importance of the sensual presence that ‘things’ held for him. In an argument cited by Calvino, Praz wrote, ‘Because such is the nature of these dear material things amidst which we live our lives that you can’t deny one of them without denying all of them at the same time.’ This resonates through the exhibition as it looks at the dialogue created between the personal objects in Lene Thun’s home and the new works produced in residence this summer by Cassie Griffin, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy and Jesse Wine.