''REady MADE''

Jeff Forster isn't one to pass up a good pun. Take ''REady MADE,'' the title of an exhibition currently at Lawndale Art Center. Forster curated works from six artists who repurpose discarded items in their pieces — essentially transforming the items from being ''ready-mades'' to being remade. There's also Forster's contribution to the show, a work called Still Life. It's composed of discarded items he's been collecting for some time with the intention of using them in his art. By creating a new work, he's given them life again. Protruding from a mass of unfired clay, the items are arranged much like a still life, he says. ''I think combining people's throwaway items with ceramic builds a dialogue between permanence and the temporal, and this is intriguing to me,'' Forster tells us. In addition to Forster, who is chair of the ceramics department at the Glassell School of Art, ''REady MADE'' will feature clay and ceramic pieces by Brian Benfer, Sharbani Das Gupta, Jessica Dupuis, John Emerson and Kamila Szczesna. ''I chose these artists because they all have ties to Texas and I was interested in creating a show that speaks to the discourse of contemporary art in Texas,'' Forster says.
Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: March 15. Continues through April 20, 2013


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