CCT: Matt Towers

Connecticut Artists Collection

Matt Towers (born 1958)
 

{Matthew Towers} Matt Towers earned his MFA in Ceramics from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He is currently an Associate Professor of Ceramics at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford in Connecticut. His work has been shown nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions, including at Greenwich House Pottery (NYC), Pewabic Pottery (MI), Slater Memorial Museum (CT), and Wexler Gallery (PA). In addition to the Connecticut Artists Collection, Towers’ work is in collections such as the Jingdezhen Museum of Ceramics (China), Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art (NY), Archie Bray Foundation (MT), and the Pfannebecker Collection (PA).

 

Artist Statement:

I work with the porcelain vase form for its associations with correctness, good taste, and social hierarchy so that I may reinterpret these notions sculpturally based upon my own personal sensibilities as well as the contemporary world order. Variations on traditional pottery-forming techniques, such as throwing, stamping, and press molding, serve as a means of referencing historical concepts associated with pottery forms. The subversion of the expected form defines the work, and surfaces are treated minimally so as not to obscure this.

 
 
 
{Braided Vase}
Braided Vase
2010
porcelain
16-5/8" high x 7-7/8" diameter (top)
(purchased in 2013)

Currently on exhibit:
Where: Connecticut Office of the Arts, One Constitution Plaza, 2nd Floor, Hartford, CT 06103
When: Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00 (closed State holidays)
Contact Michelle Parrish at 203-453-2457 or michelle.parrish@ct.gov for more information.
 
 
{Tea Set}
Tea Set
2010
porcelain
7" high x 17" wide x 12" deep
(purchased in 2013)

Available for viewing:
Contact Michelle Parrish at 203-453-2457 or michelle.parrish@ct.gov for more information.
 
 
{Catastasis #11}
Catastasis #11
2005
porcelain
66" high
(purchased in 2013)

Artist Statement:

In the Catastasis series, I access traditional vase forms and then reconstruct them to reference non-ceramic forms, while still maintaining the integrity of the vase. The necks of the vases are divided off and twisted or braided to resemble outrageous hair styles – with a nod and a bow to some of the more ridiculously preposterous hair weaves that have become part of urban culture. Sometimes these manipulations take on an erotic nature. Hair has often been associated in mythology and psychology with male virility. It is also a part of our bodies that has become obsolete in its physical usefulness (protection from the elements) and has been transformed into a symbol of cultural and sexual identity, or a tool used as an erotic lure. In a very similar way, the vase form itself has been used as a symbol of culture and cultural status. The collision of these ideas has set the tone for this series. The large porcelain vase forms, manipulated and reconstructed, sit on top of porcelain stands that reference the 18th-century European ceramic wig stands, body parts, or crumpled clothing. I employ decadence, sensuality, humor, and flamboyance to toy with identity as well as the meaning of function.

Available for viewing:
Contact Michelle Parrish at 203-453-2457 or michelle.parrish@ct.gov for more information.