2011 Visual Culture Lecture Series: Paul Andrew Wandless
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Visual Lecture Series
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Location: Mont 70 Montague Hall (MonH)
Paul Andrew Wandless is an artist, educator and author whose work is distinguished by its combination of clay and printmaking. Wandless will be in residence at UMD November 29-30, 2011 as the first guest of the Glenn C. Nelson Memorial Lecture Series. Glenn Nelson was the founder of the UMD ceramics program in the 1960s and the original source of the ceramics collection at the Tweed Museum of Art.
Wandless creates large ceramic tiles with narrative imagery as well as three-dimensional sculptural figures that reveal additional surfaces with applied images. The story lines that underlie his use of imagery are based on both personal experience and myth.
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“My accumulated observations and personalized philosophies manifest themselves as narratives, anecdotes, myths and characters… Some clay prints are one-of-a-kind pieces, whereas others belong to suites. All tell stories and share insights with the viewer. Working sculpturally, the figure serves as a point of departure and is used as canvas for images, symbols and text. Working this way allows me to apply a metaphorical face to personal concerns, beliefs, fears, ideologies and philosophies.” -Paul Andrew Wandless
A passionate advocate for the hybrid print-clay medium, Paul Andrew Wandless is the author of Image Transfer On Clay (Lark Books, 2006). He has traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada conducting workshops about clay-print techniques, which include screening, stenciling, mono-printing, cutting linoleum blocks, solar plating, and applying decals.
As an independent curator, Wandless gravitates toward artists who also combine print and ceramic processes and uses on-line presentations to increase their visibility. In 1999 and 2006 he co-founded the website http://www.culturalvisions.org, and the on-line magazine http://www.terracottamag.com.
A significant group of clay-print artists, including Wandless, are represented by the Charlie Cummings Gallery of Gainesville, Florida. UMD Art + Design Department Head and ceramics professor James Klueg also produces sculptural ceramics with narrative imagery. Klueg’s work has been exhibited with Wandless’ and other members of the clay-print group.
Paul Andrew Wandless: Clay + Print is featured at the Tweed Museum of Art, November 8, 2011- January 9, 2012