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Ferrin Contemporary presents: FAMILY AFFAIR

Ferrin Contemporary presents: FAMILY AFFAIR

April 16, 2015

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Ferrin Contemporary

Presenting leading international ceramic art for sale

Leslie Ferrin, Director
413-446-0641, info@ferrincontemporary.com

FAMILY AFFAIR: Sergei Isupov, Kadri Pärnamets, and Roosi Isupov

CUMMINGTON, Mass. — Family Affair will be on view at Independent Art Projects in North Adams, from April 25 through May 25, 2015. The show features painted porcelain sculptures created by Sergei Isupov, Kadri Pärnamets, and Roosi Isupov.

Sergei Isupov and Kadri Parnamets and their five-year-old daughter, Roosi Isupov, spend half their year in Estonia and half in the United States. They speak Russian, Estonian, English, and a visual language rich with complex imagery. Their artwork speaks in a universal language of art and reveals courageous inquiries into what it is to be human—intense explorations of self, relationship, and family. This show, Family Affair, presents the art produced in their shared studio during the last seven months in Cummington, where they live and work at Project Art.

Sergei Isupov creates complex three-dimensional forms enveloped with detailed paintings representing his unabashed investigations into internal and interpersonal relationships. Isupov further explains, “I am a student of the universe and a participant in the harmonic chaos of contrasts and opposites: dark – light; male – female; good – evil. Working instinctually and using my observations, I create a new, intimate universe that reveals the relationships, connections and contradictions as I perceive them. I find clay to be the most versatile material and it is well suited to the expression of my ideas. I consider my sculptures to be a canvas for my paintings. All the plastic, graphic and painting elements of a piece function as complementary parts of the work.”

Kadri Pärnamets presents exquisite paintings of iconic images on three-dimensional cloud forms. Focusing on gesture and expression, Pärnamets selects known classics of female beauty by painters from both the European Renaissance and the Impressionist era. From childhood to the present, Parnamets’ life has been intimately connected with women in paintings in nearby museums and within books. She studies and reflects on the women’s expressions and the contexts where they have been frozen in time. She continues to visit these women during the different periods of her life. Now, as a mother and wife, she identifies with the more mythical female figures that reflect the human attributes of sacrifice, service, and devotion, qualities that are seen in the portraits of Venus and Lucretia by Cranach, in the bathers and nudes of Manet, and in the religious images of Saint Agnes.

Roosi Isupov depicts scenes from her life on plates; capturing the delights of her multi-cultural, art-filled days. Her scenes highlight who she sees and meets while walking around the village, commemorates events that take place and show relationships between her and the people in her immediate world.

Sergei Isupov and Kadri Pärnamets are represented by Ferrin Contemporary, which specializes in ceramic art circa 1950 to the present. For more than thirty years, Ferrin Contemporary has been the preferred source for artwork by established and emerging artists and designers whose primary medium is clay, for private collectors, institutions, and the media. Click here to view more of Isupov’s work.  Click here to view more of Pärnamets’ work.

Ferrin Contemporary will present this exhibit at Independent Art Projects which is located at 1315 MASS MoCA Way, on the campus of MASS MoCA, in North Adams. The gallery is open May–November, Wednesday–Sunday, 11–5 pm.

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Summer 2014: Gallery Talk & Exhibition Opening

Summer 2014: Gallery Talk & Exhibition Opening

Independent Art Projects Public Programs – August 2014

Gallery Talk with ceramic sculpture Christopher Russell
Saturday, August 16, 5 p.m.
1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass.
Free and open to the public; refreshments to follow.
On the occasion of his current exhibition at Independent Art Projects, Christopher Russell will talk about this unique style of ceramic sculpture. Russell has been working on a series of hyper-detailed, incredibly lifelike bee sculptures, including intricate section of beehives, bees on flowers, and large blowups of grains of pollen. He mostly uses traditional, labor-intensive manual techniques to sculpt the piers, often working from photographs or illustrations.
Christopher Russell is represented by Julie Saul Gallery, New York, N.Y.

Opening Reception for Robin Best
Thursday, August 28, 6–9 p.m.
in conjunction with DownStreet Art
1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass.
Free and open to the public.
The exquisitely painted ceramics of Robin Best merge art and science, East and West, modern and ancient. The Florida Vases were painted by Best on delicate, translucent porcelain vases hand-thrown by artisans using traditional methods in Jingdezhen, China.
Robin Best is represented by Ferrin Contemporary, Cummington, Mass.


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On Thursday, July 31, we welcomed artists, IAP participant galleries and the general public to Independent Art Project in North Adams for the opening reception of the new IAP summer exhibition, a group show about the representation of landscape, nature and still life through different contemporary art media.

The work of six artists (Tanya Marcuse, Christopher Russell, Sin-ying Ho, Steven Young Lee, and Shuli Sade) represented by galleries from New York and Western Massachusetts will be on display through Sunday, September 21.

See the full list of artists on view here.

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Artist Sin-ying Ho, and her gallerist Leslie Ferrin

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Gallerist Sienna Patti, and IAP Director Martina Caruso

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Attendees looking at Steven Young Lee’s ceramic installations

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Gallerist Julie Saul, and The Clark Art Institute Associate Director Tom Loughman

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CYNTHIA-REEVES staff, from L to R: Sara Mintz (Associate Director – New York), Azariah Aker (Associate Director – New England), Elisabeth Gordon (Corporate Art Advisor), and Jennifer Meyer (Corporate Art Advisor)

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Attendees looking at Sin-ying Ho’s vessels

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Berkshire Hills Internship Program (BHIP) interns

See the complete album of photos here.

All images © Tracey Eller.

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