Eight Tide Jars | Opening Reception

Thursday, September 5, 2019, 7 - 9pm

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Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Adam Silverman

Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Adam Silverman

Please join the School of Architecture in celebrating the work of artist Adam Silverman at the opening of his site specific installation Eight Tide Jars.

Each of the eight wheel-thrown pieces on display began as a 25 pound extruded brick of industrially processed clay. They were each placed directly on the wheel head (rather than starting with a ball of clay, as is the norm). The top – and the majority – of the clay was then pounded into a ball and thrown from there, leaving a clear, integral square foot for the finished piece to stand on. Each piece typically spends at least a week on the wheel as it is slowly worked from a brick to a ball to a cylinder to an egg to a punched and pounded shadow of its original shape.

Adam Silverman was born in 1963 in New York, NY and received a BFA and a Bachelors of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1987 and 1988. Silverman’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR; the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX; Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA; Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.

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