LINES OF MEMORIES – FRAGMENT 4 – TIME
INSTALLATION – NEW YORK STATE COLLEGE OF CERAMIC ART
ALFRED UNIVERSITY, NY, USA, 2017
PHOTOS; ANJA BACHE

Even Time is constructed, as a unit for measuring:

Time can be defined as a continuous, measurable quantity in which events occur
in a sequence proceeding from the past through the present to the future (Science Dictionary).

 

     
JR-tile Clay, Unglazed fired to cone 04, glazed to cone 04. Installation 354 x 270 inches. 

A time axis drawn for Alfred Village go back to the creation of the landscape in prehistorical time, and to today, it is thousands of years.
The telling of the history Alfred Village, is often as I have found it, having a certain perspective, it is seen from a certain angle,
it is told through the telling of how the clay is formed.
First by nature forming the landscape, then industrial by the Celadon Terra Cotta Tile Company,
then by potters and now by ceramic artists and engineers at Alfred University.
We witness its past at roofs in the town, by the students work all over and the Terra Cotta Demonstration Building
at main street.

        

     

JR-tile Clay, Unglazed fired to cone 04, glazed to cone 04. Installation 354 x 270 inches.
Organic object; Coiled clay.
Vase-object; press molded, ( 3D laserprinted plastic positiv form, transformed to a negative plaster mold, working as a press mold).
Extrusions; Large ones made by 2D Autodesk Drawing, CNC-lasercutting of extruder heads.
Extrusions small ones made by little extruder, and hollowed by hand.
Boxes large;pressmolded. (Positive clay form coiled transformed to negative plaster mold for pressmolding. 

I have been invited into the time boble of the clay, we have had dialogues about lines, patterns and structures, found locally in the history,
and we have agreed of re-imaging together the past in the future and have created clay artifacts
with reference to local history and the technical possibilities at the school,
I have prearranged it in combinations referring back to the inverted excavation, with which they maybe also refer to.

 

    

 

A famous architect Louis Khan one had a dialogue with a brick:

You say to a brick,
‘What do you want, brick?’
And brick says to you,
‘I like an arch.’ And you say to brick,
‘Look, I want one, too, but arches are expensive and I can use a concrete lintel.’
And then you say: ‘What do you think of that, brick?’
Brick says: ‘I like an arch.’
https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/l/louis_kahn.html

The clay and I are not into bricks, arches nor lintels we just want to re- imaging time,
remember the future and set our marks. Which bring us to our final fragment 5, which I will ask you to help me with.

 

    

In front of the museum, Roger Mc.graw has digged a hole for me.
In that hole, we together have to bury the ceramic for future excavations.
I hope each of you as a symbol of the end of me stay, as a symbol of the end of this tour,
and as a symbol of something new will happen,
will take some of the ceramic here and follow me to the hole and bring it into it.

 

      

JR-tile Clay, Unglazed fired to cone 04, glazed to cone 04. Installation 354 x 270 inches.

Organic object; Coiled clay.
Vase-object; press molded, ( 3D laserprinted plastic positiv form, transformed to a negative plaster mold, working as a press mold).
Extrusions; Large ones made by 2D Autodesk Drawing, CNC-lasercutting of extruder heads.
Extrusions small ones made by little extruder, and hollowed by hand.
Boxes large;press molded. (Positive clay form coiled transformed to negative plaster mold for pressmolding. 

LINES OF MEMORIES
RE-IMAGING TIME

ABSTRACT
In spring 2017 I was invited for a Theodore Randall international Chair at New York State College of Ceramic Art, School of Art and Design, Alfred University.
I here had to do Art research /an art project – as well teaching a Junior 2 System class, supervise and give critique of grad Students and attend meetings. This page is presenting my art project LINES OF MEMORIES – Re imaging time-Fragment 1 out of 5 fragments all together.

BACKGROUND
It was a project in its origin based on local history, topology, archaeology and architecture presented at the opening as a guided tour containing 5 fragments:.

Fragment 1;  “Landscape a video presented at Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, NY, USA
Fragment 2; “Lines” Permanent outdoor concrete earth installation
Fragment 3; “Memory” wood-ceramic Installation at New York State College of Ceramic art, School of Art and Design, Alfred University
Fragment 4; “Time” ceramic Installation at New York State College of Ceramic art, School of Art and Design, Alfred University
Fragment 5; “The End” out-door earth-ceramic Installation.

A fragment is defined as;
a part broken off or detached from
A fragment; an isolated, unfinished, or incomplete part
A fragment; an odd piece, bit, or scrap.

In my work I reflect on the nature of time and the narrative telling of local history mixed with my own personal interpretation hereof.
I am curious about how memories, founding’s and fragments or artifacts can be parts of a constructed narration of a history, a nations history, a village history and my own personal history.
I am an artist my intention is not to be an historian nor an archaeologist.

The fragments were presented as 5 installations  at Alfred ceramic Art Museum. NY, USA, New York State College of Ceramic Art, School of Art and Design, Alfred University and outside in public place in front of Alfred ceramic Art Museum.