mary alison lucas ::

a bay area artist with an emphasis in ceramic sculpture

Mary Alison Lucas is known for her biomorphic ceramic sculptures, rich in texture and color.

Fascinated by entomology, botany and microscopic imagery, Lucas aims to capture moments of exhaustion and renewal, beauty and grotesque. Throughout the process she is contorting, pressing, slicing, smashing, prodding and stitching while nurturing, supporting, and soothing the materials.  With the intention to blur the boundaries between structure and surface, a sculpture punctured with finish nails is initially vulnerable.  Liquid clay coats and reinforces this metal bond and layers of glazes strengthen the overall structure. 

Mary Alison Lucas received her Masters of Fine Art at University of California at Davis after completing her Bachelors of Fine Art at the California College of Arts; her studio is in Oakland, California.

syn·er·gy     noun

  1. the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.

sym·bi·o·sis    noun

interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association, typically to the advantage of both.

activites ::

Wild Ways at Trax Gallery: Bean Finneran, Mike Helke and Mary Alison Lucas: Gallery Opening from 5 to 7 pm on September 8th, a Friday.

Wild Ways at Trax Gallery: Bean Finneran, Mike Helke and Mary Alison Lucas: Gallery Opening from 5 to 7 pm on September 8th, a Friday.

Patricia Sweetow Gallery: Exhibition Dates: July 13 – August 19, 2017.

Intimate Abstractions: Ceramic Invitational curated by California College of the Arts Professor Nancy Selvin.

Andrew Casto – Mary Alison Lucas – Nathan Lynch – Kari Marboe – Jonathan Mess

Reception: Saturday, July 15,  2 – 5 pm

Skittle is heading to the California State Fair perhaps to take home a blue ribbon? June 10 - July 26th Sacramento After taking home a bright orange ribbon, Skittle now lives with San Francisco artist Ellen Little

Skittle is heading to the California State Fair perhaps to take home a blue ribbon? June 10 - July 26th Sacramento

After taking home a bright orange ribbon, Skittle now lives with San Francisco artist Ellen Little

Trax Gallery : Local Clay Heavies:

Opening October 18:  5-7 pm

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ArtsBenicia : Unbreakable:

October 16-November 16, 2014

Selections from the CCA Ceramic Alumni of the New Millennium

ceramic work by Mary Alison Lucas 

 Curated by Arthur Gonzales and Mark Eanes  

 

 

previous activities ::

BAUM GALLERY

Conway, Arkansas

August 20 - October 25, 2012

Hey Baum fans! I hope you are as excited as I am for the first show of our season- So Tiny: An Exhibition of Small Works in 3-D. This show will be sure to captivate visitors with the miniature scale and the detail contained in each of the works of art.  I’m personally looking forward to artist Mary Alison Lucas’ ceramic piece Curd being displayed. Oakland, California based Lucas uses various techniques and materials to distort her material till it is almost unrecognizable. Her techniques utilizing nails and multiple glazes produce a strange alien-like art that seems to be from another world all together.

AB 25 / Collective Memories

October 11 – November 18, 2012

In celebration of their 25th Anniversary, Arts Benicia is presenting AB25 / Collective Memories.           Curators Hedi Desuyo, Mark Eanes, and Erika Von Zoog combed through extensive archives to create a timeline retrospective representing 44 of the most memorable exhibits that have graced the walls at Arts Benicia over this last quarter century.

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Mind Over Matter

Meulensteen Gallery

October 13 - November 5: 2011        511 West 22nd Street  New York, New York

Curated by Annabeth Rosen
Meulensteen is proud to announce Mind Over Matter, a group show of contemporary ceramics
curated by Annabeth Rosen, including work by John Chwekun, Benjamin DeMott, Julia Haft-
Candell, Mary Alison Lucas, Jim Melchert, Joyce Robins, Jim Shrosbree, and Lisa Wolkow. The
exhibition takes as its point of departure the work and legacy of Richard Devore, whose black
vessels will be exhibited concurrently in the gallery’s main space.
Rosen explains:
Richard Devore was a conceptual sensualist. He paid attention to the esoteric and the elusive
impulses that inform both learned and intuitive knowledge. He constructed form in an in-depth,
deliberately sensitized, nuanced exploration, over and over again, until the work was no longer what it
was perceived to be; it became form as the armature for idea. Like saying a word over and over, its
meaning is subsumed as other sensibilities take over. Even though his works carry the vessel icon,
they are other; they are made from the inside out physically and conceptually, like something formed
or found in nature.
The work in Mind Over Matter explores the medium of ceramics as something other than form. The
sculptures, with little matter and less form, reflect eccentric geometries and capture the unexpected
and sometimes unpremeditated work that comes from exploring matter, following the natural order of
an idiosyncratic logic. This exhibition and the concurrent exhibition of Richard DeVore’s work at
Meulensteen act as foils for each other, coming from opposite directions, aiming for intimacy, and
both exploiting and transcending material.

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Brea Art Gallery

January 22 - March 4, 2011

The juror, Jo Lauria, is a nationally recognized curator, historian and author specializing in contemporary crafts and decorative arts.

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Keepers

Skinner/Howard Contemporary Art

723 S Street: Sacramento: California