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Artist Talk: Erin Furimsky, Matthew Hebert, Demitra Thomloudis



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Erin Furimsky is a studio artist and professor in Bloomington, Illinois. Her work has been in exhibitions at galleries and museums, including Santa Fe Clay, The Canton Art Museum, and the Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Archie Bray Foundation and the Red Lodge Clay Center. You can see Erin Furimsky in a variety of streaming videos on ClayFlix, with the most recent one on handbuilding out this year.

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Image: Growing In Brief Light by Erin Furimsky (2019). Handbuilt stoneware and porcelain, 11”x 14” x 8”. Photo by Tyler Lotz.


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Matthew Hebert has worked under the studio name eleet warez since the mid-1990s. Borrowed from hacker culture, the name suggests his technical sophistication, improvisational spirit, and penchant for freewheeling appropriation. Hebert has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, California Institute of the Arts, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently an Associate Professor at San Diego State University.⁠

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Image: Felt Highback V2.0 by Matthew Hebert (2013). CNC router cut birch plywood, walnut veneer, waterjet cut industrial felt, and hardware, 20" x 36" x 40".


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Demi Thomloudis, Associate Professor at the University of Georgia, is an extraordinarily accomplished researcher performing at the highest levels in the small, but intensely competitive field of contemporary jewelry. Her investigation of the body and its relationship to jewelry have manifested in consistently strong works of art that challenge our assumptions about jewelry, its meaning, power, and value. Her research, which explores jewelry’s capacity to express the interrelationship of person and place, has earned her an international reputation in the field, as well as numerous accolades and invitations to participate in prestigious exhibitions and residencies.

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Image: YPR 2 by Demitra Thomloudis. Brass, powder coat, sharpie marker, acrylic paint, pencil, sealer, 4.5” x 3” x 2”.