Collage: Clay, Paper, Cloth
Show runs June 21 - July 29, 2018
Opening Reception/ June 21, 2018 / 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Artist Talk + Demonstration / July 11, 2018 / 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Kelley Stelling Contemporary presents a solo exhibition by Al Jaeger titled “Collage: Clay, Paper, Cloth.” Show dates are June 21, 2018 - July 29, 2018. There will be an artists’ reception at the gallery on Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Kelley Stelling Contemporary is located at 221 Hanover Street, Manchester NH 03103.
Legendary ceramic artist Al Jaeger has long been known for his distinct organic, monochromatic, wood-fired ceramic wall pieces. This new body of work, created specially for this solo show represents a divergence in style and direction. Pieces range from colorful miniature clay tiles to imposing large-scale wall collages.
Jaeger is exploring new mediums and processes in firing. While still hand-builidng forms with clay, he is incorporating brightly colored porcelain through a technique reminiscent of the italian use of millefiore where the artist layers thin layers of clay to create pattern. He is also experimenting with a gas-fired kiln which allows these new colored pigments to retain their bright characteristics and the whites to remain pristine.
For the first time in 30 years, Jaeger is also experimenting with collage. He is layering paper, cloth, and organic material to create assemblages that draw the viewer in through texture and color. For long-time collectors, Jaeger is also incorporating his distinctive wood-fired pieces.
Al Jaeger served as Chair of the Ceramics and Sculpture Departments at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and lives in Deerfield where he has a studio and wood-fired kiln.
Al Jaeger will be speaking and demonstrating his process at the gallery on Wednesday, July 11th from 5 to 6pm. This event is free and open to the public and does not require reservations.