Brie Ruais in EX-tend EX-cess: Metamorphosis in Clay

Towson University, Towson, Maryland

August 26 - December 10, 2022


Artists: Ebitenyefa Baralaye; Cassils; Roxanne Jackson; Sara Parent-Ramos; Zemer Peled; Rotem Reshef; Martha Rieger; Brie Ruais; Anthony Sonnenberg; Gabriela Vainsencher; Michael Ware; Matt Wedel; and Shiyuan Xu. Co-Curated by Sagi Refael and J. Susan Isaacs. 


This exhibition of contemporary abstraction through the medium of clay explores the grasping of transformation through “Action Clay-ing” — additions, growth, combinations, excess, exits and entrances, and endings and beginnings — as extensions of the artists’ bodily gestures and conceptual ideas. The possibility of transformation suggests exiting a space and entering another, exiting the world of functional ceramics, and entering the world of abstraction. The artists in this show are generally diverse: male, female, and non-binary, and of various cultural backgrounds. The exhibition offers dialog around issues of equity in terms of materials and culture. It encourages viewers to think beyond traditional structures, offering the opportunity for personal growth, echoing the theme of the works themselves.

August 26, 2022