October 2014: IAP first venue of “Made in China” series

North Adams, MA — Independent Art Projects is pleased to be the first venue hosting Made in China: The New Export Ware, an on-going series of exhibitions and public programs featuring international contemporary ceramic artists re-contextualizing traditional Chinese export porcelain production methods and visual vocabulary, curated by Ferrin Contemporary’s Director Leslie Ferrin.

The exhibition opens at IAP on Saturday, October 18, with a conversation between curator Leslie Ferrin and artist Vipoo Srivilasa, 5-7 pm. The talk is free and open to the public, and will be followed by light Chinese refreshments.

Featured artists Robin BestCaroline Cheng, Sin-ying Ho, Paul Scott, Robert Silverman, and Vipoo Srivilasa are affiliated the old porcelain city of Jingdezhen and its Pottery Workshop factory in various contexts and channels. Jingdezhen is known as the “Porcelain Capital” because it has been producing quality pottery for 1700 years. The Pottery Workshop factory is an international ceramics center focusing on the development and enrichment of ceramics in China and abroad.

Sponsored as a guest lecturer by the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Ferrin traveled to China in June and July 2014 with the aim of gaining a greater understanding of the cross-cultural collaboration, production, and appropriation occurring in the New Export Ware movement. During her visit, Ferrin visited ceramic workshops in Jingdezhen and Chongqing, where — similar to the historical model of export ware — skilled Chinese artisans, produce contemporary works for Western markets under the direction of visiting Western artists.