Kevin Snipes: Uncontained
January 22—February 26, 2015
Aritst’s talk: Thursday, January 22, 4:30 PM
Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema
List Gallery reception follows: 5:30-7:00 PM
The Department of Art, Swarthmore College is pleased to announce that Kevin Snipes will be the 2015 Marjorie Heilman Visiting Artist and Lecturer. The artist will give a public lecture about his work on Thursday, January 22 at 4:30 p.m. in the Lang Performing Arts Center. In conjunction with his lecture, the List Gallery will celebrate the opening of Kevin Snipes: Uncontained, an exhibition of approximately 16 recent ceramic works. The List Gallery reception will immediately follow the lecture: 5:30-7:00 p.m. This exhibition and an accompanying color catalog are made possible by the Marjorie Heilman Visiting Lecture Fund and the Department of Art, Swarthmore College.
Kevin Snipes embellishes his unconventional ceramic forms with an inventive array of drawn and painted imagery. Using traditional pottery surface techniques such as mishima and sgraffito, both of which involve carving away part of the surface of the porcelain clay body, he suggests multi-layered narratives. His animated drawings, implied narratives, humorous juxtapositions, and complex surfaces explore the concepts of identity and otherness. Like contemporary artists such as Aaron MacGruder, creator of The Boondocks comic strip and British artist, Grayson Perry, Snipes inscribes the rarified medium of porcelain with a vernacular language that is at once confessional, urban, idiosyncratic, and ironic.
Snipes was born in Philadelphia and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He received a B.F.A. in ceramics and drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1994. After pursuing graduate studies at the University of Florida in 2003, Snipes participated in numerous artist residency programs, including at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia; Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, in New Castle, Maine; Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis; and A.I.R. in Vallauris, France. He received a Taunt Fellowship from the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana in 2008. In 2014, he was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including a at the Society of Arts and Craft, Boston; AKAR Design, Iowa City; and Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis; and Jingdezhen, China.
View the Kevin Snipes Uncontained catalog here. [pdf]