Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Moorings and Millsites, artist Dan Kuhn


Moorings and Millsites, artist Dan Kuhn

March 25, 2011 - May 29, 2011

Inspired by the melding of the natural and industrial landscapes that define Western Pennsylvania, artist Dan Kuhn explores Allegheny Counties changing environment through gestural ceramic sculptures. Choosing to work in forms that defy function, Kuhn’s sculptures mimic the sometimes rolling, often ragged mountainside. Planes and angles are defined with layered clay slips which create a subtle, earthy backdrop for imagery. The rust-colored decals reveal “engineered images of the Allegheny River… combined with photographs of Allegheny Ludlum and the surrounding towns, inferring a private connection and adaptation to the landscapes, “ explains Kuhn.

A native of Western Pennsylvania, Dan grew up in a small steel town, north east of Pittsburgh. He earned a BFA in ceramics at California University of Pennsylvania and recently completed his MFA in ceramics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). Dan has been a technician and teacher for the Chautuaqua School of Arts, Wortendyke Ceramics studio, IUP Ceramics studio, Touchstone Center for Crafts, and SCC.

The artist currently works locally as a functional and sculptural ceramic artist as well as a teacher of throwing, hand-building and kiln firing. As a finalist in the 2011 Lydon Emerging Artist Program at SCC, Kuhn’s work is featured exclusively at SCC’s The Store.

Learn to decal with Dan Kuhn at SCC with his Introduction to Photo Decals class, to be held on Saturday June 4, 2011, 10-4pm and Sunday, June 5, 10-12pm. The tuition is $100 with a materials fee of $20. To register for this class call Laura at 412.261.7003.

SCC’s Satellite Gallery is located at 500 Grant Street in the lobby of the Steel Plaza T-Station at BNY Mellon Center in downtown Pittsburgh. It is open daily through midnight.

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