GALEN OLMSTED’S EXHIBITION STATEMENT
Angel Shit explores unexpected possibilities in the materiality of porcelain. I make an analogous relationship between the ceramic extruder device and the sphincter, dragging the conventional notion of porcelain as pure down to porcelain as stain, as base material. My installations draw connections not from an obvious transposition of recognizable objects, rather I am interested in the formal results and the conceptual implications of the operation of the extruder, an industrial device that squeezes the porcelain into consistent tubular forms. To imply industry is to imply that which it makes: shit. My flattenings, the crumpled thin slabs of clay, operate as a more pointed attack at the conventions ceramic sculpture and volume. They lay flattened by gravity—deflated, pathetic, and low—the implosions of white modernist space.
GALEN OLMSTED’S BIO
Born in 1982, Galen Olmsted graduated with his BFA in ceramics from the Western Kentucky University in 2009. He was awarded a fellowship to attend the University of Florida in 2009. In 2012, Olmsted completed his MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida’s School of Art and Art History. Olmsted has also been a teaching assistant for undergraduate classes and a Coordinator for the WARPhaus Gallery in Gainesville.
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