The Functional Metaphor
Alisa (Al) Holen
A reception for Alisa (Al) Holen will be held at the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, November 23rd during the final gallery stroll of 2013. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art invites you to join us from November 23rd to December 27th for a solo exhibition featuring the work of Alisa (Al) Holen. The exhibition will feature the functional ceramics of Holen, as well as some exciting new installations made specifically for the gallery. While drawing from the rich history of functional ceramics, Holen seeks to push the boundaries of “function” with her sculptural works. Additionally, Holen sees the work as a metaphorical expression of professional and personal relationships.
“I am interested in creating dialogues and relationships between my ceramic forms. I have recently realized that many momentary or seemingly insignificant moments with others get me closer to my goals as an artist. I use this realization in this body of work. Special attention is given to the shapes, textures, swells, voids, and relative sizes of the interactions.”
This work in this exhibition was made possible through support from the USI Summer Research Award for Junior Faculty.
Alisa (Al) Holen is associate professor of Ceramics at the University of Southern Indiana. Holen has a BA from Augsburg College of Minneapolis, MN as well as an MA in Ceramics and MFA in sculpture with a ceramics emphasis from the University of Iowa. Holen is active as a presenter in the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference. Additionally, Holen is involved in many local arts activities including her work with Empty Bowls. For more information, please visit http://www.alpottergirl.comThe New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art is an outreach partner of the University of Southern Indiana. The gallery is located at 506 Main Street in New Harmony, Indiana. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.