See Allison Luce’s Exhibition “Ancient Luce” on Merancas Campus

Ancient Expanse by Allison Luce
On view August 15 – December 4, 2018
Allison Luce September 27 at 11 a.m.

Classroom: TS248, Merancas Campus

“Ancient Expanse” is a site-specific installation Luce started in Denmark in 2009 as a Resident Artist at the International Ceramic Research Center-Guldagergaard. It consists of a series of small ceramic pieces that are a reaction to the natural environment along the southwestern coast of Zealand. She documented the piece by taking pictures of the sculptures along the beach of the town where she was living in the water and other natural areas.

“Ancient Expanse” explores the boundaries between perception, reality, time and space. Photographs of the work document a fleeting moment in time where the natural and the created interact. Over the past five years, she has continued to make more pieces and have accumulated 1,000 ceramic objects. They are installed into large organic patterns in galleries or outdoors, and the original photographs are shown via video or projection. While the piece was inspired by Denmark, the colors and patterns of the individual sculptures reference ocean life as well as textures found in nature.

“Ancient Expanse” is playful and engaging and causes the viewer to stop and think about what they are seeing. There is an element of surprise as people realize that they are not actually looking at real objects, but sculptural forms that reference nature. It blends the natural with an element of discovery that engages the community in a dialogue about perception and reality.