Con O Sin Cebollas/With Or Without Onions
September 10 - October 3, 2020
Virtual Opening Reception
Online Exhibition Catalogue
LaiSun Keane is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition by Christina Erives with the gallery titled con o sin cebollas / with or without onions from September 10 to October 3, 2020. This exhibition will be held at our new space located at SoWa Art District 460C Harrison Ave Boston MA 02118.
Erives is a LA based Mexican American artist working primarily in ceramic, which explores the narratives around food and the concept of contemporary womanhood. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with a BFA and MA and an MFA from Penn State University. She was a Visiting Artist Instructor at the University of Montana from 2019 to May 2020. She has exhibited in the USA and Mexico, and was Emerging Artist and awarded Victor Spinski Award at the National Council On Education for The Ceramics Arts in 2017.
This exhibition is supported by an essay written by artist, writer, activist and regular contributor to ceramic magazine Studio Potter, Amanda Barr. Barr provided a reading of her works through her interviews with the artist and her own scholarship in Spanish and Ceramics. Here is an excerpt from her essay: “through her facsimiles of food and tableware, Erives – an internationally recognized artist – reflects upon a woman’s place in the world while both embraces and rejects it. Her food does not nourish or feed; it is ceramic, and thus permanent. These works are a reminder of the values that she leaves behind; portraits of heritage forever inscribed in clay but not all will continue to be practiced.” The titles and essay are in both English and Spanish to reflect and honor the artist’s bilingual background.
A Zoom Opening Reception will be held on Saturday August 12 at 5 - 6pm (EST) with Christina Erives joining us from LA. Erives will give a slide presentation during this reception. Also joining us is Amanda Barr from Montana, who will participate by saying a few words.
EXHIBITION ESSAY by Amanda Barr
Artists spend an inordinate amount of time packing and unpacking– our work, our studios, our suitcases and our homes. In that, we learn to pack judiciously, carrying with us only that which will be useful or necessary. Christina Margarita Erives has found a way to unpack her own heritage through brightly colored sculptural works that evoke her family’s Mexican traditions. With con o sin cebollas/with or without onions, her first solo show with LaiSun Keane Gallery and the title of the focal installation.
Amanda Barr is an artist, writer, activist based in Montana. She is pursuing her MFA at University of Missoula, Montana and is a frequent contributor to ceramic magazine, Studio Potter.
I make everyday objects and try to make sense or nonsense out of them. Visual representation comes and goes in my work, much like a story that gets stretched over time in its telling. I want my pieces to carry that same sense of altered information while still carrying the heart of it’s narrative. Such as a dinner table that extends in its length while the fruit multiplies or grows nipples to describe nourishment. These stories often stem from personal ones growing up one of twelve children in Los Angeles and then lead into some more fictional ones. I enjoy playing with the reality of my work and finding more questions than answers. I am learning through creating. Sculpting dirt to look like dirt and firing it into stone, getting towards something familiar yet not familiar.
My interest in Art comes from my expectations of it being a field without limitations as it takes on an almost endless possibility of color shape and form and provides us with the opportunity to share our individual stories without boundaries. I often gravitate towards the medium of clay because of its malleability and rich history. Ceramics as material offers us permanence , it is one of the ways we were able to learn about ancient cultures. There is so much beauty in these traditions and my aim has been to make a mark of my time that will be preserved in the history of ceramic objects.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Master of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania State University
Master of Arts, California State University, Northridge
Bachelor of Arts, California State University Northridge
Emerging Artist 2017, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Portland Oregon, Portland Oregon Convention Center,March 25, 2017
Victor Spinski Award, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Portland Oregon, Portland Oregon Convention Center,March 25, 2017