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Port Chester Clay Art Center To Present 'A Pretty Mess'

Port Chester's Clay Art Center is set to display the new exhibit, "A Pretty Mess," starting Saturday.
Port Chester's Clay Art Center is set to display the new exhibit, "A Pretty Mess," starting Saturday. Photo Credit: Courtesy the Clay Art Center

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Clay Art Center in Port Chester is hosting a new exhibit known as "A Pretty Mess: Kurt Anderson and Kathy King" starting Friday, Oct. 25.

The center, at 40 Beech Street in Port Chester, is running the exhibit through Nov. 30 with an opening reception set for 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27, according to a news release. The exhibit features the work of Kurt Anderson and Kathy King, who will also lead a two-day, simultaneous demonstration workshop on Saturday and Sunday, according to the release.

Anderson and King realized they were “cut from the same Karmic cloth” after meeting at a Watershed Artists Invite Artists session in summer 2010, according to the release.

"Both artists use graphic imagery and included historical references as an element to their surface compositions," representatives wrote in the release. "Humor is also an important component to both artists’ work. From there, the two are very different. While Kathy’s work is narrative in focus, Kurt relies on simple iconic figures. The similarities that tie the work together mixed with the stark are what promises to be a rich and visually interesting Pretty Mess."

Anderson said he is "generally attracted to the raw and unrefined spectrum of the Arts and Crafts," according to the release.

"In my work I attempt to combine the archetypal motifs of these traditions with more contemporary imagery inspired by advertising logos, graphic novels and urban street art," he said in the release. "By shuffling and recombining these proven formulas, it is my hope that the muse of familiarity appears cross-dressed as innovation.”

King said she likes to "utilize ceramic vessels, tiled furniture and printmaking, either presented individually, or combined in installation, to present narratives from a feminist point of view," according to the release.

"The narrative presented on the surface of a vessel, united with the intended contents or utility, creates a working dialogue between function and concept," she said in the release. "The surface imagery, reminiscent of an underground comic book style, often incorporates the portrayal of myself as a character. This presentation of personal narrative through satirical humor, irony and sarcasm allows me to work from a place of exposure and, hopefully, honesty. To both celebrate and poke fun at my gender, sexual identity or social placement within society, I attempt to exhibit the ways that popular culture not only reflects our lives but also helps create them.”

To register for the exhibit or to learn more, visit the Clay Art Center website .

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