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DownStreet Art Welcomes 'False Apex' Ceramics Exhibition to Branch Gallery

06/12/2013

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - DownStreet Art's pop-up gallery, Branch Gallery, will open "False Apex," an exhibition by ceramic artists Geoffrey Booras and David Kaufmann, whose work includes a range of ceramic pieces. The intent of the show is to provide the public with an opportunity to relate the artwork to North Adams and its own industrial arc as a living example of obsolescence and renewal.

Kaufmann's rectilinear installation allows for a participatory experience as viewers are enticed to make their own touch screen calligraphy mark on a small clay tablet suspended above a shallow pool of water, capping the ceramic obelisk at the center of the space. The marks and substrates displayed in Kaufmann's work reference historical language and tablets as well as the current and future use of communicative tools as they shape our very being.

Booras built three of the largest drill bits used for oil and gas exploration. Each of the three bits represents a different stage in the lifespan of a bit, from new to overused and ruinous. Viewers will be able to walk between and around these objects as they stand in a firm and imposing posture.

Their material of choice, clay, speaks directly to those first few steps in the industrial arc. By working with this ancient medium to address issues of technological exponentially, Booras and Kaufmann position their work simultaneously forwards and backwards in time as they try to locate that ever-changing point of highest achievement.

"We are happy to see the recent MFA graduates from the art department at State University of New York at New Paltz presenting their work to the general public for the first time through DownStreet Art.~The connections made between the academic communities in the Hudson Valley and the Berkshires are a first," said Leslie Ferrin, a member of DownStreet Art's Curatorial Committee.

"False Apex" will be open at Branch Gallery on Thursday June 20, on 18 Holden St., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. -to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The exhibit will be on view until July 21.

For more information about "False Apex", please visit DownStreetArt.org or call the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center at (413) 664 8718.