Knuckle Cracks and Toe Taps
March 1-25, 2017
Opening Reception: March 1, 6-9pm
NCECA Conference Reception:
March 23, 5-8pm
Rainmaker Artist Residency
2337 NW York St. #201
Portland, OR 97210
Gallery Hours: March 21-25, 12-4pm,
and by appointment
Shifting between two and three dimensions, Skiba’s work moves playfully between the floor and the wall, challenging material traditions. Sculptures rooted in ceramics transform into drawings, before reasserting their physical presence as clay, while two-dimensional works seem to pulsate off the wall. Using perspective and scale shifts, the work presented in Knuckle Cracks and Toe Taps offers both monumental and minute moments for consideration.
Representing a new generation coming to the forefront of the ceramics community, Skiba’s work features a lively sense of materials and a dedicated joy in making.
Ben Skiba received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2015, concentrating in painting, ceramics, and printmaking. Upon graduating he moved to Portland, Oregon to take part in the Emerging Artist Mentorship Program at Ash Street Project where he is now studio assistant to the program. In addition to exhibiting extensively, Skiba has participated in several artist residencies. benskiba.com
Bridge of Seeds by Rainmaker Artist Resident Veronica Reeves
In her installation titled Bridge of Seeds, Rainmaker resident Veronica Reeves employs sensual, shimmering fabric and small terracotta figures to express a sense of wonder in the otherwise overlooked. Tucked inside the soft space formed of rippling organza, the small figurines invite curiosity and the act of seeking. www.v2r2please.com