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Artist: Austin Coudriet



Austin Coudriet, NEW YORK
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My work is an ongoing tactile conversation between soft amorphous forms and rigid linear components. The medium of clay offers me elasticity and mutability, capturing my touch like a photograph. When refined clay evokes crispness and rigidity, yielding physical and formal structure. Clay captivates me as it undergoes transformations. Its versatility in form and potential provides me with units upon which I can build and construct.

My creative process is a catalyst that helps me outwardly process my internal emotions. Through the use of tension, color and negative space I abstractly depict pivotal and ephemeral human stages such as grief, hardships, and transitions. My work is displayed in temporary compositions that adapt to the emotions being processed. The use of bright colors and playful arrangements is a facade masking the complex deconstruction of my internal state of being.

I collect inspiration from modernist architecture, mid century modern furniture, scaffolding and clouds. This imagery is recorded in a collection of sketch books, which I later reference when establishing new forms. As a child I would draw with my father, an architect, I was fascinated by the way he built with lines, they exceeded their boundaries yet they were contained by the image they formed, loose but intentional. As I transform my sketches into three dimensional space I retain this quality of freedom found within structure.

Education

2019 Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE - High Distinction

Professional Experience

2021 - 2019 Long Term Resident Artist and Instructor, The Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

2021 Workshops, Extruding Basics, Building, Supports and Armatures, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

2021 Guest Speaker, 2021 Virtual NCECA, clayartcenter.org

2020 Fellowship, The LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE

2020 Lecturer, Instagram for Artist, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

2019 Gallery Manager, Medici Gallery, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

2019 Visiting Artist, Clay Siblings, NCECA, Local High Schools, Minneapolis, MN

2019 Demonstrator, Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE

2018 - 2017 Personal Assistant, Eddie Dominguez, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2021 Objects, (forthcoming), Resident Artist Show, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
2018 Home, Medici Gallery, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
2016 Beginnings, Lincoln Berean Church, Lincoln, NE

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS *juried exhibition
2021

*Above Board Ceramics, 2021 Virtual NCECA, aboveboardceramics.com
15th annual Yunomi Show, Clay Akar, Iowa City, IA

2020

*Material Mugs V: Underglaze, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN
*Grids, Morean Center For Clay, Main Gallery, Saint Petersburg, FL
*Small Favors 2020, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
*Good Morning, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
*Cups for Y’all, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX
Americano Invitational, Thanksgiving Table, 14th Annual Yunomi Show, Clay Akar, Iowa City, IA

2019

Portraits of Another, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE
*Paper & Clay, University of Utah, Caine College of the Arts, Logan, UT

2018

*31st Annual Undergraduate Art Exhibition, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, UNL, Lincoln, NE,
*A Delicate Balance, 1105 E Street, Abandon House Pop Up Show, Lincoln, NE

2017

Making History Ceramics Exhibition, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, UNL, Lincoln, NE
*30th Annual Undergraduate Art Exhibition, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, UNL, Lincoln, NE

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2021 - 2019 
Instructor, Clay Art Center, Portchester, NY. Sculptural Ceramics, Intermediate Wheel, Hand-built

Pottery, Beginning Ceramics, Thrown & Altered, Family Wheel Night, Arts in Education, Youth Classes

 

PUBLICATIONS
2021 Ceramics Monthly, The Clay Siblings’ Project, January 2021, p. 36-39
2020 Companion Gallery Catalog, Material Mugs V: UNDERGLAZE, p. 7, 13

 

AWARDS
2019 Gomez Art Award, Best In Show, BFA Capstone Exhibition, UNL, Lincoln, NE
2019 The School of Art, Art History & Design Entry Award, Undergraduate Exhibition, UNL, Lincoln, NE
2015 - 2019 Kimmel Charitable Foundation of Art, Art History and Design Scholarship, UNL, Lincoln, NE
2016 The School of Art, Art History & Design Freshman Award, UNL, Lincoln, NE
2016 Faulkner Freshman Scholarship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE


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