Frank Ozereko: Trace Prints + Teapotsis an exhibition of two distinct bodies of artwork that share common themes and motifs drawn from nature, historical ceramics, architecture and decorative arts. On view will be a selection of trace prints from the artist’s “Imaginary Vases” series. Inspired by subject matter ranging from Turkoman jewelry to African decorative arts, these “Imaginary Vases” suggest figures, trophies and ornamentation. The prints embody vessels that, according to the artist, “can never be made in clay.”
“While the theme of imaginary vases appeals to Ozereko, the ceramic teapots that will be on view are quite real,” said Felice Caivano, Fine Arts Curator at the Widener Gallery. “Their substantial presence and figurative qualities boldly assert themselves. They hold the potential for use, but are never meant to pour tea. One could easily imagine the printed images springing to life and envision the teapots at home within the lively world of the imaginary vases. Where the interchange of imagination and reality meet, Frank Ozereko creates magic.”
Frank Ozereko has pursued dual interests in two- and three-dimensional media throughout his distinguished career. He has said that, “It is exciting to work in two – and three-dimensional media in which the restrictions and potential of each [media] influences the other.” Ozereko moves effortlessly between making prints and ceramics, stretching the possibilities and boundaries of each discipline. His trace prints and teapots share a visual vocabulary of abstracted patterns and representational elements.
Ozereko has exhibited his work nationally in solo and group exhibitions. He has received Craft Fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. In October 2012, Ozereko was awarded a residency in printmaking by the Ucross Foundation (Clearmont, W.Y.). Many of the prints on view in this exhibition were made during this residency.
Ozereko’s drawings are in the collection of The Drawing Center (N.Y.), and the Drawing Project, Bernard Toale Gallery (Boston, Mass.), among others. He is represented in museum collections at the Brockton Art Museum (Mass.); Mint Museum of Art (N.C); Museum of Ceramic Art Gloryhole Collection, Alfred University (Alfred, N.Y.); among others. From 1980 – 2012, Ozereko was a professor in the department of art at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. During his tenure, he served as Undergraduate Director, Director of the Foundations Program and Director of Graduate Programs.
This exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery Hours are 1-6 p.m., closed Saturdays. For more information, please call 860-297-5232 or 860 297-2199. Widener Gallery will be closed Nov. 27 – Dec. 1 for Thanksgiving vacation.