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AVON PARK, Fla., Nov. 30, 2018 – The Museum of Florida Art and Culture (MOFAC) at SFSC presents “Organic Geometry, Ceramics by Bert Bogdany.” This exhibition runs Wednesday, Dec. 5 – Wednesday, Feb. 6, at MOFAC’s gallery located in the east wing of the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts on the SFSC Highlands Campus in Avon Park.
Bogdany’s work exemplifies and challenges the malleable nature of clay. According to the artist, many of the forms in this collection are a combination of wheel-thrown and hand-built constructions. Using a potter’s wheel, these structures are formed by altering, shaping, and compressing the clay`s surface area. In rotation, the clay is methodically worked until the surface is no longer recognizable compared to its original state.
“The forms are meticulously shaped to include an organic geometry that has occurred thematically within my work for over two decades,” Bogdany said. “It is my hope that these works express the same feeling of balance and unity to the viewer, as I receive when creating them.”
The horizontal and wall structures are a combination of hand building and relief carving. “Working in the medium of clay for many years, I have discovered the inherent beauty within the unaltered, raw state of the material,” Bogdany said. “Realizing the dichotomy of attempting to perfect a surface with a potter`s wheel that already holds an inherent flawlessness has caused me to expand upon my research. This awareness has influenced my desire to create a sculptural series that holds a truth in materials. The horizontal structures are meant to convey a harmonious balance between the material and the physical process of its alteration.”
A reception for the exhibition will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 at 1 p.m., MOFAC.
MOFAC is located in the Wildstein Center at SFSC, 600 W. College Dr., Avon Park. The museum is open to the public on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., or by appointment for group tours. Patrons of the Wildstein Center may visit the museum one hour prior to matinee and evening performances. MOFAC will be closed during SFSC’s Winter Break, Dec. 15-Jan. 1.
For more information about MOFAC and its programs or to request a museum tour, contact Megan Stepe, curator of MOFAC, at 863-784-7240, email email@example.com or visit mofac.org.