Inside the Artist’s Studio with Peter Pincus: How Long is a Long Time?

Among the pots and vessels featured in Sleep, In Spite of the Storm, you will find a perfume bottle standing on top of a hand mirror.  In my (very) biased opinion, these two are the most complex and compelling objects in this show.  And they better be, because I’ve been working on them for a long time.

Perfume Bottle and Hand Mirror.  2014

Perfume Bottle and Hand Mirror. 2014

It all started when I paired perfume bottles and jewelry boxes for my graduate thesis exhibition in 2011.  I thought the perfume bottle could become an abstracted figure, and the jewelry box could become a landscape, and that together they could create a seductive atmosphere.  In theory it was great, but I left that body of work feeling  underwhelmed.

Perfume Bottle and Jewelry Box from Thesis Exhibition, 2011.

Perfume Bottle and Jewelry Box from Thesis Exhibition, 2011.

For starters, the perfume bottle as an abstract figure was a forced idea, if an idea at all.  I couldn’t get far enough away from the wheel to make it transcend the pot.  And by stacking the bottle on the box, I changed the way the jewelry box worked.  It stopped being a container and turned into a pedestal.  Neither object heightened the other.  The two were not a great match.

Another Perfume Bottle and Jewelry Box from Thesis Exhibition, 2011.

Another Perfume Bottle and Jewelry Box from Thesis Exhibition, 2011.

So I spent time sketching the perfume bottle by itself as a way to gain distance from the relationship I’d forced.   I also restricted myself from actually making a perfume bottle because I knew it was important to grow in my hand and mind first to avoid retracing my steps.  I spent the time looking at dresses and figures and paintings, while I made a ton of bottles and cups – of course!

When I finally made the right sketch, the challenge was figuring out how to make the thing.  What a pain!  If you are interested in how I did it, go back to my early Instagram posts where I documented the process step by step (most steps are there).

 

Peter Pincus and his ceramics

Peter Pincus and his ceramics

The hand mirror came to mind in its own time.  It was the first thing I could think of that conceptually aligned with the perfume bottle, was found in a similar location and completely heightened the bottle while not turning into a pedestal in the process.  To boot, it was an exceptionally undervalued object.  Opportunity… check!

But here’s the catch.  Slip casting a hand mirror doesn’t work.  Believe me, I tried… and tried and tried.  It took time to realize that the hand mirror was best suited as a wheel turned object.  So I found rich, dark chocolate, dense earthenware and had at it.

Scraping a finished edge of the hand mirror before drying and firing it.

Scraping a finished edge of the hand mirror before drying and firing it.

So here they are.  Three years from when I last made a perfume bottle.  Finally.

Detail

Detail

Part One: Inside the Artist’s Studio: Introducing Peter Pincus
Part Three: Inside the Artist’s Studio with Peter Pincus: Centerpiece
Part Four: Inside the Artist’s Studio with Peter Pincus: Cracks in the Foundation

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Introducing Peter Pincus

Hello All, and welcome to my guest blog extravaganza!

Allow me to bend your ear about my upcoming show Sleep, In Spite Of The Storm.  In just a few short weeks, July 12th at 3pm to be exact, the doors at Main Street Arts will open and I invite you all to attend.  If you do make it, you’ll find an installation of brightly colored porcelain pots, vessels and containers, which are presented in this case as sculpture.  It’s an admittedly challenging exhibition for most gallery goers, hence my guest blogging for the next month, which will hopefully clarify my intentions.  It’s going to be a wild ride, so stick with me.

Two cups waiting for their pedestals at Main Street Arts

Two cups waiting for their pedestals at Main Street Arts

But before we get into all of that, let me introduce myself.  My name is Peter Pincus.  Born and raised in Rochester, NY, I now live and make ceramic art in Penfield, NY.  Yes, Rochester has claimed me, as it does so many others who love the seasons, the manageable, accessible city size, the budding artistic community, and of course, Wegmans!  I’m a proud husband, father, artist and teacher.  I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees at Alfred University, and I now work all around town, as the Studio Manager and Resident Artist Coordinator of the Genesee Center for Arts and Education and Adjunct Professor wherever I’m needed.  My work travels all around this great nation with regularity, however it doesn’t often land here at home.  That is why I’m investing as heavily as possible in Sleep, In Spite Of The Storm.

Peter Pincus

Now for the big question…  Do I make pottery?  No.  Well, yes and no.  I’ve focused for fifteen years on the study of pottery, but my work rests in a grey area that is closer to a painting of a pot than a pot itself.  I know what you’re thinking – that sounds like the musing of an academic.  And it is!  That’s the beauty of making, you get to present ideas through materials.  I see pottery as undervalued in my place and time, and therefore I present it to you in a different light.

The underside of a perfume bottle.

The underside of a perfume bottle.

I actively post on Instagram (@peterpincusporcelain) – check it out for pictures that will give you a glimpse into my studio process from beginning to end.

That’s all for now folks!
Part Two: Inside the Artist’s Studio with Peter Pincus: How Long is a Long Time?
Part Three: Inside the Artist’s Studio with Peter Pincus: Centerpiece
Part Four: Inside the Artist’s Studio with Peter Pincus: Cracks in the Foundation

A Solo Exhibition by Chad Grohman

Upstairs at Main Street Arts we are currently exhibiting nineteen paintings by Buffalo, NY artist Chad Grohman. Grohman’s work ranges from more traditional landscapes and still lives to buildings, plants, animals, and people with a surreal twist.

Chad Grohman, "Always Home"

Chad Grohman, “Always Home”,  2014, Gouache, 8″ x 10″

Chad Grohman, "At the Center of the Clearing", 2013, Gouache, 8" x 10"

Chad Grohman, “At the Center of the Clearing”, 2013, Gouache, 8″ x 10″

Chad’s muted color palette creates a sense of uncertainty and uneasiness in these gouache paintings (which is interesting, compared to how warm some of his landscapes can feel). There is a strong sense of narrative, even if the the viewer can’t pin down what that narrative is.

Chad Grohman, "Light Dagger", 2014, Gouache, 8" x 10"

Chad Grohman, “Light Dagger”, 2014, Gouache, 8″ x 10″

Chad Grohman, "Crowclops", 2014, Gouache, 8" x 10"

Chad Grohman, “Crowclops”, 2014, Gouache, 8″ x 10″

Houses with legs, flying tigers, lightning fish, all of these unusual creatures are juxtaposed with more traditional landscape backgrounds. Many of these pieces feel as though their characters would be at home in a tattoo parlor, or in a very unusual fairy tale.

Chad Grohman, Grabbing Hands, 2014, Gouache, 6" x 8"

Chad Grohman, Grabbing Hands, 2014, Gouache, 6″ x 8″

Stop by to see Chad Grohman’s solo exhibition Upstairs at Main Street! His work will be here through July 26, 2014. You can see more of Grohman’s work here and read more information about exhibitions at Main Street Arts here.

Exhibition Dates: June 6–July 26, 2014

Call for Submissions: Small Works Show

The first national juried exhibition at Main Street Arts will be
an exhibition of small works (12″ or less in any direction). Open to artists working in all media excluding film/sound and installation art. This exhibition is open to all U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. Download the prospectus here. Entry is currently open.

 Jurors: Gallery director and staff

 Awards: $1,000 in cash awards

Entry Deadline:  Monday, September 22, 2014 at midnight
Notification: The week of October 6, 2014
Shipping/Delivery Dates: October 28–November 1, 2014
Exhibition Dates: November 6–December 27, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 8, 2014

Submit your work here. Good luck!

A Studio Visit with Ceramic Artist, Peter Pincus

Main Street Arts did a studio visit this week with Peter Pincus, a Rochester-based ceramics artist with an upcoming solo exhibition in our main gallery space. “Sleep, In Spite of the Storm” will feature Pincus’ functional and nonfunctional geometric-patterned ceramics.

Peter Pincus and his assistants, Hannah Thompsett and Liz Tomlinson

Peter Pincus and his assistants, Liz Tomlinson (left) and Hannah Thompsett (right)

Sleep, In Spite of The Storm, celebrates the intimate relationship. On view will be porcelain pots and vessels, which are in this case presented as a collection of sculptural groupings. He says, “It’s a unique challenge to consider pottery as a premier form of abstract expression, carrying with it much more than the ability to contain and serve. This show is strongly autobiographical in nature. My goal is for these pots to be concrete reflections of my experience as a husband, father, early career artist and educator. It is uncommon ground and has made my recent months in the studio thrilling and captivating.”

Studio assistant and artist, Hannah Thompsett

Studio assistant and artist, Hannah Thompsett

Studio assistant and artist, Liz Tomlinson

Studio assistant and artist, Liz Tomlinson

Peter Pincus

Peter Pincus at work in his studio

Peter Pincus and his ceramics

Peter Pincus handling his ceramic works

Exhibition Dates: July 12–August 29, 2014

Artist Talk: Saturday, July 12, 2014 3pm-4pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 12, 2014, 4pm–7pm

Gallery Hours: TuesdayThursday, 11am–6pm and FridaySaturday, 11am–7pm.

Peter Pincus' upcoming exhibition, "Sleep, In Spite of the Storm"

Peter Pincus’ upcoming exhibition, “Sleep, In Spite of the Storm” features functional and nonfunctional ceramics with geometric patterns

FLORA: A Juried Exhibition of Botanical Artwork

This is the last week for our current show in the main gallery space! FLORA is a juried exhibition of botanical-themed artwork, dealing with flowers, plants or botany as subject matter. This is the first juried exhibition at Main Street Arts and features works of art by 43 New York State artists. Artwork shown in this exhibition includes painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and printmaking.

FLORA postcard

FLORA postcard

Artists included in this exhibition: Judi Cermak, Alice Chen,
Sage Churchill Foster, Cindy Dalton, Brad Daruszka, Hannah Ely, Alexandra Gable, Teresa Gable, Miranda Gatewood, JoAnn Gentle, Bethany Haeseler, Nancy Holowka, Melissa Huang, Patrick Kana, Ileen Kaplan, Keith Kappel, Roberta Kappel, Anne Lamme, Trisha Max, Barbara McPhail, Ho Moon, Connie Mosher, Colleen McCall, Emily McCall, Roberta Nelson, Mary Pat O’Brien, Lynn Patti, Larry Poole, Angela Possemato, Jan Romeiser, Jody Selin, g.a. Sheller, Bob Snyder, Deborah Stewart, June Szabo, Joeseph Tarentelli, Jean Tidd, Ken Townsend, Elizabeth Valenti, Rikki VanCamp, Robert Whiteside, Margaret Wilson, and Esther Yaloz. The exhibition will also include work by its juror, Alan Singer.

Exhibition Dates: May 1–July 3, 2014

FLORA opening reception

FLORA opening reception

FLORA opening reception

FLORA opening reception

FLORA opening reception

FLORA opening reception

So make sure to stop by before July 3rd, to see these beautiful works of botanical art! The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00am – 6:00pm.

Jody Selin, 7 Botanical Panels, 2014, 10" x 10" (each)

Winner of Director’s Choice: Jody Selin, “7 Botanical Panels”, 2014, 10″ x 10″ (each)

Winner of Juror's Choice: Margaret Wilson, Delphinium Delicacy, Watercolor, 2014, 28’’ x 21’’

Winner of Juror’s Choice: Margaret Wilson, “Delphinium Delicacy”, Watercolor, 2014, 28’’ x 21’’

Winner of Best in Show: Patrick Kana, "Specimen 1: Samara", Mahogany, milk paint, lacquer, 2014, 6" x 6" x 44"

Winner of Best in Show: Patrick Kana, “Specimen 1: Samara”, Mahogany, milk paint, lacquer, 2014, 6″ x 6″ x 44″

You can see more photos from the opening reception here and can see more information about our current and upcoming exhibitions here.

Paintings by Joseph (Joe) Tarantelli

Upstairs at Main Street Arts we are currently exhibiting paintings by Joseph (Joe) Tarantelli. This show includes seven oil paintings of scenes in and around the Finger Lakes area.

Joseph Tarantelli, Fall Oak, 2014, Oil on Canvas, 30" x 20"

Joseph Tarantelli, Fall Oak, 2014, Oil on Canvas, 30″ x 40″

Joseph Tarantelli, Mendon Ponds Lily Pads, 2012, Oil on Canvas, 22" x 28"

Joseph Tarantelli, Mendon Ponds Lily Pads, 2012, Oil on Canvas, 22″ x 28″

Tarantelli believes that as a part of nature, it is important for us to appreciate the natural world. His contemporary landscapes are very textural, incorporating geometric lines and vivid colors.

As a plein air painter, Tarantelli feels he is becoming closer to the light and color of the natural world through a refreshing of the senses. Tarantelli successfully aims to rejuvenate the viewer’s natural senses.

One of Tarantelli’s paintings, Oak Tree, is also on exhibit in FLORA, our current juried exhibition of botanical artwork on the main floor.

Joseph Tarantelli, Oak Tree, 2011, oil on canvas, 30" x 40"

Joseph Tarantelli, Oak Tree, 2011, oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″

Stop by to see more of Joe’s paintings and to experience the beautiful mark-making and brushstrokes in person. You can see more of his paintings and prints here.

Exhibition Dates: June 6–July 26, 2014

“Metaphysical Musings” – Paintings, Drawings, & Collage by Lacey McKinney & Shannon Crandall

One of our current exhibitions Upstairs at Main Street Arts, Metaphysical Musings is a two-person show featuring paintings, drawings, and collage by Lacey McKinney and Shannon Crandall.

Lacey McKinney, Eviscera, oil on canvas

Lacey McKinney, Eviscera, oil on canvas

Shannon Crandall, Brave Intuition, acrylic & collage on canvas

Shannon Crandall, Brave Intuition, acrylic & collage on canvas

McKinney and Crandall both create works with lush, intricate surfaces. Whether they do so through thick brushstrokes and texture, or through delicate layering of color and paper, their mark-making is truly beautiful.

Metaphysical Musings isn’t just concerned with what’s on the surface, however. These works also focus on what’s just below or above the surface of what we look at. Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy concerned with explaining the fundamental nature of being and the world that encompasses it, these paintings make reference to this
in various ways.

Lacey McKinney, I Am You #7, powdered pigment on paper

Lacey McKinney, I Am You #7, powdered pigment on paper

Come check out the exhibit! Their work looks even more impressive in person. You can see more of Lacey McKinney’s work here and more of Shannon Crandall’s work here.

Exhibition Dates: June 6–July 26, 2014

“Birds in Nature” – Wood Sculpture by Don Howell & Paintings by Mark Stash

Birds in Nature is one of our current exhibits at Upstairs Main Street. Don Howell’s brightly colored bird carvings and Mark Stash’s  tightly rendered watercolor and gouache paintings interplay, combining 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works in a complementary way.

Mark Stash, Feeding at Fallen Tree, watercolor & gouache

Mark Stash, Feeding at Fallen Tree, watercolor & gouache

Don Howell, Eclectic Parrot, wood carving

Don Howell, Eclectic Parrot, wood carving

These two artists may work in different mediums, but their appreciation of nature ties their work together. Both Stash and Howell’s depictions of birds allow us to appreciate their presence in the natural world surrounding us.

Stop by to see the show! These carvings and paintings should really be viewed in person to fully appreciate their vibrant colors and detailing.

Exhibition Dates: June 6–July 26, 2014

Sulphur Springs Festival Artists

This weekend at Main Street Arts we celebrated the 2014 Sulphur Springs Festival. As part of the festival a number of artists spread throughout Clifton Springs, working from the beautiful town scenery. But don’t worry if you missed the festival! We interviewed the artists so you can enjoy their work here and elsewhere online.

Seven members of the Rochester Sketch group came in for the day, working in watercolor, pen & ink, and more.  They quickly went to work, sketching cars and landscapes and sharing their work with festival visitors.

Members of the Rochester Sketch Group

Members of the Rochester Sketch Group

The Rochester Sketch group is for people who like to draw, sketch, or doodle, who want to sketch together and share their sketches with others. We were lucky enough to speak with a few of them about their artwork and sketching experiences.

Andy Reddout is an art teacher who likes sketching people, buildings, and more (today he created a gorgeous watercolor of a car).  See more of his work at reddoutart.tumblr.com

Andy Reddout

Andy Reddout

Andy Reddout's Watercolor Sketch

Andy Reddout’s Watercolor Sketch

Genine Carvalheira-Gehman loves sketching in pen & ink and watercolor, and loves working from life. Genine thinks the fact that several people sketching the same object can produce such a variety of images is fascinating. She has been sketching for the past five years. You can see more of Genine’s work at broadhurststreet.blogspot.com

Genine Carvalheira-Gehman

Genine Carvalheira-Gehman

Anthony “Mecha” likes to sketch a lot of different things and has recently been trying more life drawing. He’s been sketching on and off since he was twelve years old. You can see more of Mecha’s drawings at http://ghost599.tumblr.com

Anthony Mecha

Anthony Mecha

Jim Gresko is an industrial designer who started sketching with Rochester Sketch just today! He lectures and teaches and you can see more of his sketches at jimgreskosketches.carbonmade.com

Mary Ann Coleman is primarily a fiber artist who works in other mediums as well. This was her first day with the Rochester Sketch group! She designed her own unique brooch, seen below.

Mary Ann Coleman modeling the brooch she created!

Mary Ann Coleman modeling the brooch she created!

In addition to the Rochester Sketch group, a number of artists who have displayed work at Main Street Arts spread across town, sketching, painting, and creating exciting new work.

Lana Grauer is a pastel artist who primarily creates landscapes. When asked why she creates landscapes Grauer said that she is a nature lover who enjoys being outdoors and the quiet solitude outdoor drawing allows. She believes that creating artwork from life allows you to look closely at things in a way that is more intense than just seeing them. You can see more of Lana’s work at lanagrauer.com

Lana Grauer

Lana Grauer

Michael Buell is an oil painter who loves working outside. His flower painting of the blooming irises was coming along beautifully when I stopped by.

Michael G. Buell

Michael G. Buell

Don Howell is one of our current artists showing at Upstairs Main Street. His wood carvings of birds create a bright and beautiful flock in the Main Street building. Don started whittling and carving as a way to pass the time during his job, and has progressed to the point where he can picture a 3D sculpture in his head without even creating sketches. Don arrived with a number of carved pieces today, including an impressive carousel horse. His current show, Birds in Nature, runs through July 26, 2014.

Don Howell

Don Howell

Stop by the gallery to see some exciting new artwork, and make sure to check out the rest of what Clifton Springs has to offer! The Sulphur Springs Festival is an annual event, so come by next year to say hello to some of our artists.