January 4 - January 27

Artists Opening Reception: Friday, January 4. 5-8pm. 
Free and open to the public. 
Reception coincides with Art 'Round Town monthly art walk in Portsmouth.

WILDLIFE FASHION ART SAFARI

Wildlife Fashion Art Safari began in the summer of 2005 as a collaboration between ceramicist Peter Morgan and new media artist Adam Hinterlang. The original principal was to take fashionable, trendy colors of the day and apply them to silhouetted images of animals in action poses. This project brought together both artists interest in animals & color theory. Wildlife Fashion Art Safari was our get rich quick scheme that involved creating designs for purses, and T-shirts that we are still waiting to capitalize on.

The project has expanded from the early days of digital prints and theoretical handbags into large tile panels. This foray into ceramic tile focuses on the unique color, depth, and material phenomenology of the ceramic process exploring the optical and perceptive properties of different glaze combinations.  The tile format gives us the opportunity to expand the scale of the work exponentially while creating unique compositions within the larger whole.

Though representational in nature, we think of Wildlife Fashion Art Safari as analogous to hard edge, color field painting, with a focus on the phenomenon of color perception. We are interested in the optical effects and illusions such as “after image” created from viewing these works.  Of recent interest is the experience of viewing the works through 3D or Anaglyphic glasses. We stumbled upon these unique optical effects by accident, and it has become a design principle in many of our new tile works, prints, and videos.

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Artist Bios

Peter Morgan:
Peter Morgan is a native son of Virginia, currently based in Phoenixville, PA.   He has a MFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and has exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. Notable residencies include the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, and the Archie Bray Foundation.

Currently Peter practices in his home studio, and recently was a resident artist at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia for four years, and was the 2012 Evelyn Shapiro Foundation Fellowship recipient.  In 2016 Peter was selected as one of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Emerging Artist awardees and recipient of the 2016 Victor Spinski Award. He is a founding member of an artist run space in Philadelphia called Practice, which focuses on performance, participation, and experimentation.

Peter has taught at California State University: Long Beach, Gettysburg College, and Temple University. He has exhibited across the United States and Europe. His work is found notable collections including the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, the Toki Collection, and a public work for the Philadelphia Pet Hotels and Villas. When Peter is not working in the studio, he is an avid bird watcher and runs ultramarathons.

Adam Hinterlang:
Adam Hinterlang (b. 1975, Pittsburgh, PA) has exhibited his work in drawing and animation in the US and abroad and has been featured at the MCA in Chicago and MoMA in NYC. He received his BFA in New Media from KCAI in 2004 and his MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts from Alfred University in 2006.