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In organizing this exhibition, I’ve been given an opportunity to look back on a career that spans forty years, revisiting work that has long ago left my studio. The nature of making art is one that asks you to look forward, to invent, inquire and question. ‘How can I push this idea, this form, where does my curiosity lead me?’ Looking back usually implies a block for me, a wall that I’ve hit in the making of my work that tempts me to want to stop and revisit an older idea in hopes that it might help me break through. It rarely happens though, and I have found that the way to move forward, to challenge my inertia is to keep working. It’s through the vigor of ‘making’ that a new door always opens. Yet there’s value in digging into your past to find the narrative of your voice over past years, to look for the thread that links different bodies of work and to reflect upon how meaning and understanding evolve over time. more...

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Somatic Suggestion by Janet Koplos
When you look at childhood photos of people you know, it’s often easy to see the adult physiognomy that will emerge from that baby face. So it is in looking at some artists’ early works: the mature expression is there in latent stage. Chris Gustin is celebrated more…

Chris Gustin: The Dance of Form Edward Lebow
The Modernist armada that reached America in the last century didn’t put many potters ashore. Yet the ones who stayed blazed a trail of discovery that lighted Chris Gustin own remarkable way in clay. more…

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Chris Gustin is one of the well-known artists wood firing in the Unites States today. Many are exploring more…

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Did you always know that you wanted to be an artist? more…

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