VestigesVestiges: Chris Dufala and Elena Lourenco

Opening Reception: Friday, October 3, 5:30-9pm
Exhibition runs October 3-31, 2014

Lecture with Chris Dufala - Friday, October 17, 7pm

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The Clay Studio presents Vestiges: Works by married sculptors Chris Dufala and Elena Lourenco. Aesthetically, both artists pay keen attention to the quality of the surface in their works, utilizing objective and occasionally figurative forms and fragments. Additionally, there is clear sense of narrative, history, and the effects of age and time in their compositions.

However, there are distinct differences in the conceptual approaches to each artist's body of work. Chris Dufala's ceramic work toys with aspects of trompe l'oeil and represents a relationship between domestication and the natural world with a focus on waste and convenience in our society. This notion of deception both formally and conceptually is key as it resonates with everything in this world Chris finds dishonest, contrary, and generally lacking integrity. Whereas Elena Lourenco's mixed media sculptures explore evolving relationships between the complex structures of human creation and emotion, empathy and apathy, desire, pain and loss: setting our physical reality against our spiritual or emotional expectations. Her overlapping and juxtaposed imagery, references both our created domestic life and the natural world, and alludes to the intangible and emotional effects on the human psyche.

Born and raised in southern New Jersey, Chris Dufala received his BFA in Ceramics from Rowan University and his MFA in Spatial Arts/Ceramics at San Jose State University. Chris has exhibited work nationally and abroad in group and solo exhibitions, been an Artist in Residence at The Clay Studio of Missoula and Osage Artists Community, and is currently in a long-term residency at The Archie Bray Foundation. He has lectured, led visiting artist demonstrations, and instructed as adjunct faculty at several institutions including: Buffalo State College, SUNY Fredonia, and Western Michigan University.

A New York native, Elena Lourenco was born on Long Island in 1975. She received her BFA from San Jose State University, CA, in 2002 and her MFA in Sculpture from Arizona State University in 2007. Lourenco's work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. She has also exhibited in International juried exhibitions in Scotland and Latvia. She is currently a Professor of Sculpture at University of Montana, Missoula

The exhibition will be on display at the Clay Studio of Missoula from October 3-31, 2014, with an opening on Friday, October 3 from 5:30-9pm.

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