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“Something has survived,” reads the tagline for the 1997 movie, Jurassic Park: The Lost World. Undeniably, something has survived: Brett Kern’s infatuation with the pop culture of his formative years, during the late eighties and the nineties. It continues to be through these “cultural glasses” that he continues to view and interpret the world, which influences the subject matter and purpose of his work. Kern’s predilection for producing collectible objects comes from his training as a potter and persistent preoccupation with collecting toys, pop memorabilia, and nostalgic items from his youth.

Clay and glaze are essential materials for representing his often disposable and transient subject matter as something enduring and precious. The mold-making and sculpting process allows Kern to cast, out of clay, authentic replicas of meaningful objects. Glaze and paint help to emphasize the magnificence of the material as it flows in and out of lines and wrinkles, filling the object’s surface with a wealth of depth and variation within a simplified color scheme. Gold Luster is employed sparingly to highlight specific areas of intimate interactions we have with the objects.

Final Friday RECEPTION September 28, 5-9pm

Details

Start:
September 28 @ 5:00 pm
End:
October 20 @ 9:00 pm
Cost:
FREE
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Venue

Lawrence Arts Center

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