Jeremy Randall Exhibition Opens June 1 at Imagine
Imagine, the fine arts and fine craft gallery at 38 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles, will host an opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. June 1 for “Form and Landscape: New Work by Jeremy Randall.” The event is part of Skaneateles’ First Friday celebration. Entertainment will be provided by the Usual Suspects, an old-time string band.
The exhibition, on view through June 30, marks the first time that Randall’s architectural ceramic vessels will be paired with his landscape drawings.
“Landscape has become increasingly important to me, both in my work and in my life,” says Randall, of Tully. “From the rural architectural forms that populate the landscape I call home, to the land that we live on and are sustained by, I am realizing more and more that we need to be rooted in the land.”
Randall’s work was recently selected for inclusion in a November show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He also has exhibited this year at Craftboston Spring, Baltimore Clayworks, the Paradise City Arts Festival in Northampton, Mass., and Studio 550 in Nashua, N.H.
Altogether, his works have been shown in more than 60 exhibitions nationwide; images have appeared in Ceramic Arts Daily, Clay Times, Ceramic Review, Stone Canoe, and “500 Vases” and “500 Cups” (Lark Books).
Randall uses color to elevate forms to be celebrated, while conjuring the nostalgia for something old that is still recognized today. His drawings combine graphite and acrylic paint on panel. The colors relate to his ceramic work, and lend a soft energy to the landscape being referenced.
“Familiarity evokes memory, and I look to this association to present nostalgia through form,” Randall says. “My reference to rural American architecture and antique rural implements places the viewer in a familiar setting that is layered with time, function and history, while color creates celebration in these iconic objects. Vessel forms tie these objects back to the domestic space, enriching one’s living environment while allowing for quiet contemplation and the reminder of a simpler time.”
Randall, recognized by Ceramics Monthly as an Emerging Artist for 2009, is digital imaging/web specialist and head of installations at Imagine, studio manager and visiting professor of art at Cazenovia College, and adjunct professor of ceramics at Syracuse University, his alma mater.
His work is held in the permanent collection of the Southern Illinois University Museum and the private Meyerhoff Collection in Baltimore. In addition to Imagine and Gandee Gallery locally, he is represented by galleries in Montana, Ohio, Georgia and Massachusetts.
Imagine is located in the lakeside village of Skaneateles, nestled in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York. It represents artists from across the country and Canada, along with many Central New York artists, to create one of the most diverse contemporary art collections in the area.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.