REVISING DARWIN

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2019

 

REVISING DARWIN is a hand built raku and glazed fired, sculpture with found objects (gneiss) and is part of the “Avianus Abstractus” Series. It is intended as a very tongue in cheek exposition of a new, never previously advanced, theory of evolution. I am hopeful, however, that the scientific community will take up the challenge and that new evidence supporting it will be uncovered. (2019) (13 ½” x 11” x 15”) ($350)

ART OF THE GERRYMANDER IN BOOK AND PAPER ARTS

IU

I am very happy to announce that juror Anita Garza has chosen to include my Joomchi wall hanging, THE ART OF THE GERRYMANDER, in the Indiana University – Kokomo “Book and Paper Arts” Exhibition. The exhibition will run from November 1, 2019 until November 28, 2019 at the IU-Kokomo Downtown Gallery, 102 N Main Street, Kokomo, IN 46901. There will be an opening reception from 5:30 until 9:00 pm on Friday, November 1, 2019. THE ART OF THE GERRYMANDER has previously been exhibited at venues in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Missouri.

HEADS OR TAILS

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2019

 

Are you a bird watcher or a whale spotter? Do you see the crested head of a bird or the flukes of a whale’s tail? You can be and do both. HEADS OR TAILS? was originally intended to be a “bird” only and part of my “Avianus Abstractus” Series of hand built, raku fired paper clay sculptures which I was creating for submittal to a show themed as “Wings and Water”. However, with a couple of modifications to the original design and an adjustment to the glazes, I think I was able to create a piece that could be either fish (well mammal) or fowl and which fit even more squarely within the “Wings and Water” concept. Other than some of the pieces I created specifically for my solo show “Myths and Legends, Gods and Demons” the pieces in the “Avianus Abstractus” Series mark the first time I have created pieces for a specific show. (2019) (13 ½” x 9” x 8”) ($295)

DARK MOON RISING IN 2019 INTERNATIONAL JURIED CERAMICS EXHIBITION

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2017

 

I am very pleased to announce that juror Garth Johnson has chosen my smoke fired tile wall hanging DARK MOON RISING to be one of the fifty-two (from over four hundred submittals) pieces that will be part of The Center for Contemporary Art’s “2019 International Juried Ceramics Exhibition”. The Exhibition will run from November 8, 2019 through December 21, 2019. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 pm on Friday, November 8, 2019. The Center for Contemporary Art is located at 2020 Burnt Mills Road, Bedminster, NJ  07921.

 

GROWING OLD TOGETHER in Passage Show

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

I am pleased to announce that juror Gwen Chanzit has chosen my monotype print GROWING OLD TOGETHER to be part of the “Passage” show sponsored by the Colorado Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art. Out of 550 entries submitted nationwide to this broadly themed and open media call for entries, only 54 pieces were chosen. The show will be held at the Niza Knoll Gallery on Santa Fe Street in the Historic Art District of Denver, Colorado from Wednesday, November 13, 2019 until Saturday, December 21, 2019. There will be an opening reception on Friday, December 15, 2019.

Aftermath #2

Aftermath #2 WM

AFTERMATH #2, like AFTERMATH #1, was seven years in the making. The main body of the piece is part of a tree limb shattered by Super Storm Sandy in 2012. The only work done to it was wire brushing it to remove dirt and evening the bottom. The base is unglazed bisque fired paper clay. While the original inspiration for AFTERMATH #2 was cleaning up after Sandy, the final impetus to finish it was the images of the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian. (14” x 8” x 7”) (2019) ($225)

American Color Print Society

I am very pleased to announce that I have been accepted as a member of the American Color Print Society, a national organization headquartered in Philadelphia. Because membership in the ACPS is awarded only to applicants after a rigorous juried review of their work, resume and artist statement, I feel very honored that the quality of my work was deemed to have to have met those standards. Members of the American Color Print Society are currently exhibiting at the Cheltenham Art Center’s “Print Explosion 2nd Biennial Celebration”. The Cheltenham Art Center is located at 439 Ashbourne Road, Cheltenham, PA 19012 and will run from September 15th through October 10th. They are open from 10:00am til 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Aftermath #1

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2019

 

AFTERMATH #1 is a sculptural piece that is seven years in the making. The main body of the piece is part of a tree limb shattered by Super Storm Sandy in 2012. The only work done to it was wire brushing it to remove dirt and evening the bottom. The base is unglazed bisque fired paper clay. While the original inspiration for AFTERMATH #1 was cleaning up after Sandy, the final impetus to finish it was the images of the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian. (19 ½” x 9” x 9”) (2019) ($245)

MAGMA in Kent State’s Emerging Glass Exhibit

Kent State

I am very pleased to announce that jurors Davin Ebanks and Benjamin Johnson have chosen my stained glass/paper clay wall hanging MAGMA to be part of the “Emerging Glass” Show which will be held in the Payto Gallery, part of the Center for the Visual Arts at Kent State University, 325 Terrace Drive, Kent, Ohio 44242 from September 4, 2019 through October 4, 2019. It is particularly gratifying to be part of the “Emerging Glass” Show because MAGMA was one of only 15 pieces chosen for this national juried show from over 160 entries from glass artists across the country.