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Artist: Brian Chen

Brian Chen
Brian Chen, NEW JERSEY
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I have found myself playing with curve, line, and layers. My goal is to use these aspects to draw in the eye of the viewer with my playful curiosity. I want the curves to exaggerate volume and anatomy. As the curve disappears, your eye continues to move and follow around the pot. There also is a softness to these curves that give a sense of comfort. The lines convey dynamic movement. A continuous ebb and flow, swells and troughs. I use layers to add a hint of curiosity and mystery. The slabs I add engulf the thrown form while remaining aesthetically and anatomically independent. The relationship and contrast between the two “vessels' helps emphasize both. One may be static while the other dynamic. One may be soft and textile-like, while the other viscous and fluid. Handles wrap and hold the pot instead of attaching to the surface.

2018 BA, Organismal Biology and Ecology, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

Professional Experience
Work Experience
2018 Workstudy, Matt Kelleher, Penland School of Crafts, Bakersville, NC
2018 Workstudy, Tom/Maggie Jaszczak, Penland School of Crafts, Bakersville, NC
2019 Workshop assistant, Simon Levin/Linda Christianson, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MO
2019 Workshop assistant, Simon Levin, Mill Creek Pottery, Shawano, WI
2020 Workshop assistant, Simon Levin, Millikin University, Decatur, IL
2019-2020 Apprentice to Simon Levin, Pawnee, IL

2019 Visiting artist, Bemis School of Art, Colorado Springs, CO (Ceramics, 2-day)

Group Exhibitions
2020 Lineage, Millikin University, Decatur, IL

Juried Exhibitions
2017 The Skin I Live In, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, Colorado Springs, CO

Invited Exhibitions
2020 Yunomi Invitational, ClayAkar, Iowa City, IA
2020 American Invitational, ClayAkar, Iowa City, IA
2021 Cup Invitational, Good Earth Pottery, Bellingham, WA

Gallery Representation
Curated Ceramics

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