Artwork of Ian Childers on display
January 9, 2012 - The ceramic artwork of Ian Childers, Shorter University’s artist-in-residence, is now on display in the university’s Arnold Art Gallery.
Childers, a graduate of the University of Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a Master of Fine Arts in Art, states that his work balances production and performance.
“It is a dance with material, a poetic interaction about the intrinsic value of skill, knowledge and phenomenon that become one through the urgency of making. My vocabulary comes from my hands; clay and fire are the materials with which I speak. My interest is in gravity, motion, and fluidity: to create a delicate balance between form and chaos,” explained Childers. “The energy and tension of each piece is divided between the verticality of the form and the contrasting fluidity of the slip and glazes and how gravity can affect them, coaxing the glazes to flow with the form and to allow them to accentuate the surface.”
His exhibit opened today, Jan. 9, and will continue through Feb. 2. The Arnold Art Gallery, open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., is located at Shorter’s main campus inside the Minor Fine Arts Building.
Childers will present an artist lecture on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 11 a.m. There is no charge for admission into the gallery or to attend the artist lecture.
Founded in 1873, Shorter University is a Christian university committed to excellence in education. The university offers traditional bachelor’s degrees in 48 major areas as well as undergraduate degree programs for working adults, the Master of Business Administration, the Master of Education and the Master of Arts in Leadership. General education and calculus courses are offered in an online format, and Shorter recently launched online programs that lead toward the Associate of Science, the Bachelor of Business Administration, and the Master of Accountancy degrees. For more information, visit www.shorter.edu.