HUMAN ≈ NATURE Interview

World’s Fair Gallery Interviews Amanda Soule 

Amanda Soule’s Dot Cup waiting to be filled

World’s Fair Gallery (WFG): Where did you come from? 

Amanda Soule (AS): I grew up in Massachusetts. I am now living between Rhode Island and a farm in Western Mass. I work on the farm most weekends and I come back to Providence to work in the studio. I like living in this rural place, but I feel pretty weird about being so far away from the studio. 

WFG: When did you start throwing pots? 

AS: I’ve been working with clay since I was a teenager. My ceramics practice started as pure enjoyment. In terms of my formal training, I went to Bennington for Ceramics and I graduated in 2006. 

WFG: What inspires you to make new work? 

AS: On a personal level, I’ve found that there’s a sense of comfort and joy to be found in nourishing oneself from a handmade, lasting vessel. The whole process gives way to an openness and thoughtfulness of living. The relationship to the object itself becomes ritual – a cherished and shared experience that inspires connection: to oneself, one’s community, between human and nature, between you and you, between me and you. It is my hope that my cups will nurture such awareness and reflection in our day-to-day routines. It’s all about taking care of ourselves, the environment and each other. 

WFG: What is it about human nature that fueled your work for this show?   

AS: Human Nature is often cited as an excuse for human weakness, fallibility, and fragility. But even beyond the fact that fragility is *not* weakness, it is also in our Human Nature to be cooperative, collaborative, creative, imaginative, empathetic, curious, visionary, and interconnected. We are complicated [and often contradictory] creatures, just beginning to open our eyes to see ourselves and the Universe we inhabit. And it looks to me like it’s all the same thing. Everything you see is you, and has been this whole time.

Amanda Soule’s Crystal Bottom Cup

WFG: Love that. It’s true, we are certainly part of the universe and if we’re really being honest, there’s no such thing as objectivity. Speaking of objects, Do you have a name for your new cups? 

AS: I call my classic cup form a ‘crystal bottom cup’ – they are wheel-generated vessels that are meant to be enjoyed in a variety of ways by both the user and their companions. I also have a new collection of tiny dotted cups and the new form I’m working on is sort of a goblet – a cup balancing on an orb. My friend/studiomate Melissa and I have been calling them “orblets.” 

Amanda absorbing sunlight in the woods

Amanda Soule’s work will be featured in World Fair Gallery’s upcoming show, HUMAN ≈ NATURE, alongside new paintings and frescoes by Providence-based artist Cara Blaine. The Show opens on April 3rd and runs through June 21st. 

HUMAN ≈ NATURE

Helianthus by Cara Blaine

Exhibition: April 3rd – June 8th

Opening Reception: April 3rd, 6-9pm

World’s Fair Gallery is pleased to Present HUMAN ≈ NATURE, New Works by Cara Blaine + Amanda Soule. Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, April 3rd from 6-9pm at 268 Broadway, Providence, RI 02903.

Cara Blaine spends a lot of her time thinking about whether humans are a part of nature. Do plants and animals communicate with their environments in ways that are beyond our ability to measure? Are humans moving farther from these inherent abilities to connect with the Earth? Despite our many technologies, are we missing something? Over a decade since graduating from RISD with a BFA in Furniture Design, Cara has returned to school to pursue degrees in Biology and Botany. She is a full-time student and interdisciplinary artist living in Providence, RI.

Amanda Soule is a ceramicist living and working between Providence and Western Massachusetts. Amanda’s curvilinear forms are inspired by the extraordinariness of nature and are imbued with a gentle sense of humor and awe in the universe. In and out of the studio, Amanda thinks about the rippling effects of climate change, the nature of evolution and kindness. Amanda has a BA from Bennington College and works on her ceramics at Nicholson File Studios.

Amanda Soule’s sea of cups before firing

BUOYANCY Group Exhibition

Interpreter by Tayo Heuser

We’re pleased to announce BUOYANCY, the next show at our pop-up gallery space at 233 Westminster street. The exhibition opens at our downtown location on July 12th and runs through September 5th. Tableau artist and stylist Jocelyn Cabral will kick-off the residency on July 12th.

BUOYANCY

Airiness. The lightness of being. To Lift, drift or float weightlessly. To resist gravity. Full of light and filled to the brim.

Artists

Isabel Barnes, Tayo Heuser, Elizabeth Potenza, Nina Ruelle, Jon Watanabe, Mollie Webster & Jocelyn Cabral

photography by Isabel Barnes / paintings + sculpture by Tayo Heuser / lighting pendants by Elizabeth Potenza / textiles + marbled paper by Nina Ruelle / handblown vessels + glassware by Jon Watanabe / etchings by Mollie Webster / tableau + performance artifacts by Jocelyn Cabral

Vessels by Jon Watanabe

Residency

Rolling residency applications through July 26th. There are 4x one week-long residencies available in our gallery at 233 Westminster Street. You’ll have a live media wall, a 7-foot studio desk and a potential audience of gallery-goers. Email worldsfairgallery@gmail.com with a CV, a short project proposal to be considered.

ON VIEW – If A Tree Falls

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

World’s Fair Gallery presents, If A Tree Falls, New Work by Caroline Goddard, Vena Gu and Adrian King. The exhibition opens Friday, January 25th, 2019 with a reception from 5-8PM. The opening reception is free & open to the public. The show runs through April 7th.

Willa Van Nostrand, owner and curator of World’s Fair writes:

There’s a powerful quietude in each artist’s work in If A Tree Falls. By pairing Caroline Goddard’s birch collages, Vena Gu’s still life oil paintings and Adrian King’s ceramics, I attempt to evoke the resonant hush of winter in New England. As we retreat indoors, we turn inward. Let the meticulous delicacy of Caroline’s collages motivate you, the contemplative sweetness of Vena’s paintings entice you and the organic harmony of Adrian’s vessels inspire you to consume thoughtfully. Without further ado, I am proud to present to you: If A Tree Falls

Caroline Goddard’s New England wind fall birch collages are composed by the expert eye of a photographer. Goddard’s minimal compositions radiate potential energy; parts of a whole activated by the whim and precision of the artist’s hand. The collages shift between landscape, seascape and figurative abstraction through the soft, rich tones of birch bark. Each piece is a balance and blur of swift association: we’re reminded of the phases of the moon, cross country skis gliding through fresh snow, arms extended in a good stretch. The work draws you in, invites you to ruminate and after a few moments a voice incites, “Onward! Move forward, it’s time to go for a walk.” Everything is at once still and full of life.

Vena Gu’s oil paintings are smart, unselfconscious and deeply reflective. Existing between the realms of traditional still life, memory and the artist’s library, books are both subject and object in Gu’s Remembrance series. Softly painted book titles and open pages allude to the work of master painters, the natural world and ancient Chinese landscapes. Each painting feels familiar but distinctly new, an omnipresent heir of: “where’s home?” or rather, “home is where your books are.”’

Vena’s watercolor collages are a playful synthesis of characters from her own still life paintings, 16th century Flemish vignettes and a zestful array of endearing, more traditional inanimate objects. The result: 9 miniature shadow boxes peppered with enough irony and sweetness to make the inner 7 year-old in anyone squeal with delight.

Adrian King’s ceramics evoke blankets of snow over subtle earth tones, abstract stripes and bold swaths of orange and pumpernickel to bring us to our senses. All the pots were made from red stoneware, soda fired to cone 10 in a gas kiln. 40 new Yunomi cups, a series of teapots, pitchers and platters are just waiting to be filled. Come, be warmed!

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Caroline Goddard, Windfall Birch Collage, 2019

Caroline Goddard grew up between Providence and Newport, RI and resides in Portland, Maine where she can easily access endless walking trails in the woods. Caroline takes daily walks with her pup, Wrangler, and collects birch bark from the forest floor right after it has fallen from the tree. Goddard holds a BA from Brown University and recently completed her studies at SALT institute for documentary studies at Maine College of Art. When not in the studio, the artist works as a freelance photographer shooting stories and weddings along the coast of New England. @hopestatestyle

Vena Gu, “Remembrance Series” oil painting, 2018

Vena Gu was born and raised in Beijing, China and studied fine art and fresco painting at The Surikov Art Institute in Moscow. This is Gu’s second year living in Providence with her dear husband, photographer, Jiehao Su, who received his masters in photography from RISD last spring. Vena paints by natural light every day in her home studio on the Westside. She enjoys wintery walks and a good borscht. @weina102400

Adrian King, Teapot, 2018

Adrian King grew up in Massachusetts and lives in Portland, Maine. He has a degree in ceramics from Maine College of Art and apprenticed legendary potter, Mark Hewitt for 4 years in North Carolina. After his apprenticeship, the artist was welcomed back to MECA as the ceramics studio technician. Adrian loves visiting Providence and sitting down for a delicious beer at Julian’s. @adriankingpottery

WORLD’S FAIR IN BROOKLYN!

Join us this Wednesday, December 5th, 6-9PM

at Honey’s, 93 Scott Ave, Brooklyn 11237 for:
 

JOAN WYAND’S “CRUDE CONSTELLATION”

An installation of cast porcelain shoreline trash sculpture

Opening Reception: December 5th, 6-9PM

+ insane Flowerbomb mead cocktails by Little Bitte

Not in New York?

Help us connect the constellation by forwarding this with a little note

to your favorite humans in New York. We love and appreciate you!

Wondering what we’re up to?

We’re working on our Pop-up gallery model!

Join us and be part of the fabulous festivities!

Show thru December 5th-15th

Ted Lee’s Open Errors

Join us Friday, October 19th from 6-9PM at @worldsfairgallery for the opening reception of Open Errors – New Paintings by Ted Lee paired with hand blown glass vessels by The Glass Station Studio in Wakefield, RI.

Lee’s colorscapes are immediate and ebullient, each painting radiates a vibrant blast of honesty through a single swipe of gouache.

This collection of work is the culmination of the first Whistler Residency at World’s Fair Gallery.

Glass vessel pairing by artists Eben & Jen @theglasstation in Wakefield, RI.

Cocktails by @littlebitteartisanalcocktails

Ted Lee is a painter & musician from Providence, RI. He owns @feedingtuberecords an independent record label in Florence, MA.