Ancient Expanse by Allison Luce
On view August 15 – December 4, 2018
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.
Allison Luce: The Serpent Tree
"Garden" by Allison Luce
Ross Gallery, Overcash Building
Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
October 24 – January 13, 2012
Reception November 7, 2012; 6 – 8 p.m.
Allison Luce explores the ephemeral nature of existence and the mystery of eternity through her ceramic sculptures and monoprints.
CPCC is pleased to present two of her projects, The Serpent Tree and Ancient Expanse, the continuation of a site-specific installation created and photographed in Skaelskør, Denmark as a Resident Artist at the International Ceramic Research Center. The Serpent Tree incorporates the fragility and femininity and its relation to eternity, connecting her artwork made in a post-modern context to the rich and ancient history of clay. Her inspiration comes from the story of the Garden of Eden and investigates the frailty of the body and the fallibility of man. Referencing nature as well as the body, these sculptures are about birth, growth and temptation. Ancient Expanse includes photography that focuses upon the boundaries between the real and un-real, natural and man-made, and time and space, documenting a fleeting moment in time where the natural and unnatural meet and interact and serve as a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life.
Luce graduated with dual BFA degrees in Painting and Art History from Ohio University and received her MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York. She resides in Charlotte, N.C., where she is a studio artist and an adjunct art instructor. Allison has also been a resident artist at Zentrum für Keramik-Berlin in Germany, Baltimore Clayworks, and The McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte.