The Department of Art & Art History and
the College of Architecture + Planning present
Visiting Artist Wade MacDonald
Nostalgia for the Grid
“The bridge between ceramics and architecture is multifaceted and synergetic. Both address social dilemmas through their aestheticism and utilitarianism. By heightening this correlation through the contextualization of the table and the use of multiple construction materials a more affable human quality to contemporary architecture emerges. As architectural models, viewers gain insight into their unique place within a larger social landscape. Clay acts as a conduit between past and present notions of material innovation, challenging our concepts of new architectural paradigms as well as questioning our responsibility in the global twenty-first century. Through the process of research, ideation, and practice, I have formed the groundwork for celebrating the human element of contemporary architecture and the vessel and their relationship as common structures or ideas that reflect similarly the complexities of existing within a twenty-first century global society.”
Wade MacDonald is currently a visiting Instructor in Ceramics and Foundations at the University of Alabama. He holds a BA in Education from Western Michigan University and an MFA from Michigan State University.
This ART 158 lecture series event took place February 7, 2018, in the University of Utah Art Building, Salt Lake City, UT. Made possible through the generous support of the Carmen Morton Christensen Endowment, the College of Architecture + Planning, the Department of Art & Art History, the College of Fine Arts, and ASUU.