Ceramic Work by Tom Kerrigan
Plinth Gallery is pleased to present the ceramic work by artist Tom Kerrigan. Kerrigan holds an MFA from Ohio University and has held academic appointments at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Minnesota. He is presently retired from teaching and currently maintains a studio practice in Tucson, Arizona. His work is in collections of the Los Angeles County Museum, Museum of Art and Design, and General Mill Corporation. The artist has taught workshops in the United States, China, Ireland, German and Australia. Previous exhibitions of his ceramic work have been in Yixing, China and Kilkenny, Ireland.
Kerrigan’s work is deeply influenced by his Sonoran Desert surroundings. He incises the surfaces of his sculptures with playful sketch-like markings that are further highlighted with ceramic pigment or glaze. These drawings help emphasize the connection he has with his surrounding environment. The surfaces decoration presents an interesting counterpoint to his strong forms, parts of which resemble cactus or desert rock. While Kerrigan makes sculptural vessels that can have a very quiet presence, others can be humorous, sensual, or even erotic.
Plinth Gallery curator Jonathan Kaplan remarks, “Kerrigan is a deeply introspective individual and I am very excited to have an artist of his stature exhibiting at Plinth Gallery. He brings a considerable wealth of experience with his innovative techniques of making sculptural vessels. His work has a very quiet yet dominating presence.”
Kerrigan’s exhibition “Desert Influences” will open at Plinth Gallery First Friday June 6th with an artist reception from 6-9pm. The even is free of charge, and the exhibition will be on display through July 26th.