The Art of Containment – Vessels from the Sidney Swidler Collection
September 16, 2017 - March 18, 2018Ann K. Walch-Chan Gallery
The Art of Containment: Vessels from the Sidney Swidler Collection features over forty contemporary ceramics recently gifted to the FIA by collector Sidney Swidler. Since 1984, Swidler has collected over 1,000 works by local, national, and international ceramicists. His preference for contemporary work was enriched by the interaction he had with living artists by visiting their studios, exploring galleries, and attending national conventions.
All the ceramics in this exhibition demonstrate the art of containment, whether utilitarian—to hold food, drink, or flowers—or purely formal expressions of the artist. Some ceramicists consider the straightforward functionality of a bowl, vase, or cup, while others consider the cultural or social implications of the vessel. Playing with the concept of form in these works, ceramicists explore what is possible within the medium of clay. Whether they are traditionally inspired or uniquely modern, these objects illustrate the versatility of vessels. The works in the exhibition take on many forms, as well as show the different types of glazes and surface finishes that can be accomplished.