Opening this Friday, May 1st at 643 Project Space in Ventura, CA is a solo show of work by Washington based artist Charles Timm-Ballard. The exhibition, entitled Terra Form, displays work that contains many of the aesthetic elements found in contemporary landscape painting, yet it is created out of ceramic material. The thick slabs of clay are a testament to the sculptural and tactile qualities of ceramics, while the painterly images pay homage to the tradition of abstract landscape painting through light, shadow and a certain diaphanous representation of nature. The juxtaposition is created in a typically postmodern manner, not allowing the work to be fully one thing or the other– rather it finds itself straddling the lines concerning media and disrupting the hierarchical categorization of genres. Terra Form runs through May 29, 2009.
Charles Timm-Ballard earned his MFA at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is currently the chair of the art department at Whitman College. He has held residency at the European Ceramic Workscentre in the Netherlands. His work is in the permanent collection of the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art and has been exhibited in solo shows at the Pomona College Museum of Art in Claremont, CA; The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the Wisconsin Academy of Arts and Sciences Gallery in Madison, Wisconsin; Thomas Barry Fine Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota and in a group exhibition at the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, DC, among others. He is represented by Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art in Kansas City, MO.