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January 22, 2016–April 9, 2016

Clay objects are often associated with particular utilitarian and domestic purposes.
The long lasting association of ceramics with functionality engrains a tension
between craft and fine art. Dysfunction challenges this tension by asserting that
functionality may depend upon context rather than an absolute and fixed purpose.
Beginning with the exhibition’s title, a playful pun, Dysfunction presents artwork
varying from beautiful and precious to surreal and grotesque in an effort to initiate
a dialogue about our own assumptions concerning ceramics.

The crux of Dysfunction lies in the human tendency to categorize, organize, and
separate. Often, the language we use to understand and assess our experiences,
emotions, and objects narrow our ability to imagine larger possibilities for what
something (or someone) can be. Together, these ten artists represent a microcosm
of a larger artistic zeitgeist focused on questioning the social, political, and
economic forces that determine “proper function.”

EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Shae Bishop, Charlie Cunningham, Bech Evans, Leslie Fry,
Margaret Kinkeade, Julia Kunin, Roberto Lugo, Brooks Oliver, Jessica Putnam-Phillips,
and Christopher Vaughn

Thursday, February 18th: Tea Gathering with Bech Evans
Thursday, March 10th: Tea Gathering with Bech Evans
Thursday, March 24th: Dinner Gathering with Bech Evans

This exhibition is sponsored by Hotel Vermont.

Funded in part by a grant from the Vermont Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Farrell Distributing, Harpoon Brewery, Fluid Bar Service and Misery Loves Co. are proud sponsors of BCA Center exhibitions and events.

—From the BCA website

Produced with facilities provided by Vermont Community Access Media (VCAM).

Episode Number: 
Original Airdate: 
Monday, March 7, 2016

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