TEDxFargo: Michael Strand - The Spaces Between: Art, Craft and Humanity

Michael Strand is an Associate Professor and Head of Visual Arts at North Dakota State University, for more information about Michael and his projects head to www.michaeljstrand.com. Formatively a potter, and interested in the potential of functional art in today's society, Strand's work has moved seamlessly into Community Engagement and Social Practice. "The Spaces Between: Art, Craft and Humanity" presents Strand's recent projects that are focused on asking unique questions that challenge the conventional wisdom of how objects move into the world.

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Comment by Kevin Murray on March 10, 2012 at 5:09am

I liked this talk a lot. I admired Michael's generosity, and the productive way he places ceramics at the centre of story exchange. But at the same time, I'm not a ceramicist. I'm curious to know what someone in his field of practice thinks about this.

A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016, Thomas Mann's Gallery I/O April 1 - June 25, 2016.

DETAILS on exhibition premise, call for artists, submission guidelines.....

OFF TO THE RACES:

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