"Up To This Point"
Each year our interns have an exhibit in the ClaySpace Gallery. The opening for "Up to This Point" with interns Amanda Brandimore, Marianna Maxey and Eric Oslos is August 7 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The artist’s reception for "Up to This Point” will be held on August 14th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. For more information on our intern program click here.
Amanda Brandimore is an artist and educator born in Detroit in 1992. She currently produces mostly ceramic wheel-thrown pieces, although she has a background in drawing and painting. She spent her early life just north of the Motor City until moving to Illinois to attend Wheaton College. Although Amanda graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Secondary Education in 2014, she also studied art, focusing on drawing and ceramics. Amanda has sold her work at an Empty Bowls Sale in Wheaton. She has been active in art education through her positions as a studio assistant at Community School of the Arts and long-term ceramics substitute teacher at Wheaton Academy in West Chicago. Amanda is also currently one of three interns at ClaySpace where she teaches custom kids’ classes. This is Amanda’s first show.
Mariana Maxey grew up in Indonesia, lived in Malaysia and England and now resides in the United States. She grew up in the rich visual heritage of Indonesia, but lacked formal art training. She recently discovered her love of ceramics when she took a class at Wheaton College where she currently attends. After graduating, she will have a Bachelor of Arts in Community Art. This genre, also called participatory art, allows her to mobilize individuals to work towards a common goal, primarily in visual mediums.
As a community artist, she has designed multiple programs and events for Peace Generation, a children’s peace curriculum taught in Java, Indonesia. She also created and implemented a participant driven clay sculpture while working for the promotion of Community School of the Arts, based in Wheaton, Illinois. In interaction with clay, she crafts delicate exacto-knifed pieces as well as bold, finger-pressed works. Her works bring the two styles together in an expression of her existence as a woman- delicate and bold. The artists who modeled these themes to her were Jenny Holzer, a conceptual artist known for her truisms, as well as Louise Bourgeois, an artist and sculptor. Through visual art, Mariana Maxey bears witness to the human experience of life’s internal and external incompatibilities: gender, place-making, justice, and ownership.
Eric Oslos does not consider himself to be a “fine artist.” He hates producing pleasing design and is not interested in making pretty things. He is instead, an idea person; inspired by joy, humor, and entertainment. What really tickles him are the megaliths of the world and responsible ancient civilizations. Eric sometimes gets depressed over the short human life span. When not just having a fun time, he seeks to extend his existence past his physical expiration by burying a bulk of his work (tablets, sealed vessels, figurines). Eric finds satisfaction in not knowing everything and is actually turned on when his imagination ponders the known unknowns and unknown unknowns. Eric earned his BFA in ceramics at NIU and plans to continue his higher education sometime in the future. With his art, when he is not trying to connect to inhabitants of Earth’s distant future, his purpose is to entertain and delight.
ClaySpace Gallery Hours:
Monday 3:00 - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Gallery viewing and sales are also available by appointment. Please call 630-393-2529