Saturday, October 16, 2010


David S. East Utilizes New Fabrication Techniques to Explore the Changes and Promises of Suburban Culture

image Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) presents Crown, featuring new installation-based works by Ceramics Department Chair David S. East

WHEN: Friday, October 22–Sunday, November 14, a public reception will take place on Friday, November 5, 5–7 PM 
WHERE: The Bunting Center’s Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore

Driven by generic real estate images, architectural ornamentation and utilizing search engine responses in image generation, this exhibition will combine new fabrication technologies, ceramics and mixed media formats. [David S. East, Cut Torus, ceramic, 2009 (Made at the E.K.W.C.) Photo by Dan Meyers)]

Seeking “the science of the mundane,” his work juxtaposes suburban architecture and design with other systems of self-identification, including biology and genetics.

East, who has served as chair since 2008, leads the Ceramics and New Technology Research Initiative, funded by the Ceramics Department and the Office of Research at MICA, which is designed to foster new thinking and partnerships, and explore the burgeoning marriage of science, ceramics and studio-based artistic practices. He has taught and been a visiting artist at numerous locations, including University of Missouri-Columbia, where he taught for six years before coming to MICA. East’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in juried and curated exhibitions, most recently in a traveling group exhibition in China and solo exhibitions at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and at Millersville University, Penn.

Founded in 1826, MICA is among the top visual arts colleges in the nation. It enrolls 1,747 undergraduate and 238 graduate students from 46 states and 53 countries, offering programs of study leading to the bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.), master of arts (M.A.), and master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degrees. MICA’s outstanding graduate programs were ranked in the top 4 of 220 programs in U.S. News & World Report’s 2008-2010 Best Graduate Schools Edition and first nationally among specialty schools as a producer of Fulbright Scholars in an analysis by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The College also offers post-baccalaureate certificate programs and a full slate of credit and noncredit courses for adults, college-bound students, and children. MICA is recognized as an important cultural resource for the Baltimore/Washington region, sponsoring many public and community-outreach programs–including more than 100 exhibitions by students, faculty, and nationally and internationally known artists annually, as well as artists’ residencies, film series, lectures, readings, and performances.