Jason Briggs, ceramist
|NDSU Visual Arts welcomes ceramist Jason Briggs, March 22-23. Searching for a fresh perspective in art, Briggs is interested in creating objects that inspire the demand to touch. Please join NDSU Visual Arts as we welcome Mr. Briggs to our comunity.
Tuesday, March 22
Wednesday, March 23
All events are free and open to the public.
Though my objects contain strong visual references, I am more interested in the implied tactile ones: the things that stir in me a compulsion to touch. Beyond other external inspiration lies this basic, primal impulse. I recognize - and act upon - a profound desire to push, poke, squeeze, stroke, caress, and pinch. I intend for my pieces to invoke a similar sort of temptation. Obvious sexual references, along with an extravagant, fetish-like attention to surface, can arouse a yearning to touch as powerful as the act itself. In this way a parallel can be drawn with pornography - my first encounter with Playboy, for example. My emotional response, utter fascination, depended upon the compelling desire to touch flesh. The fact that I couldn't was overcome by my imagined participation. When one views pornography, I would argue that one is thinking about touching - about how it would feel. I want my work to elicit a similar response: "What if I could touch it?"
I am searching for a fresh perspective. I strive to create an object I've never quite seen before - one whose inherent mystery and intrigue quietly insists upon viewer interaction. An object begging to be explored and examined in much the same way a child investigates the world: with wonder, curiousity, and also trepidation. It's very important that the work be challenging. A sense of unease is critical because it encourages the viewer to consider carefully what they are seeing - at what is compelling them. I would like my work to exist not as the ubiquitous "art object," but as something more enigmatic - foreign yet familiar, handmade yet somehow organic. Rather than suggest nature, in my own way I am seeking to create it.
Jason Briggs received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1995 and his MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1999. After a summer at the Archie Bray Foundation, he spent three years serving as Artist in Residence at the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, TN. Jason received a Graduate Teaching Award in 199, and recently, an Individual Art Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission. He is in several public and private collections around the country and abroad, including the World Ceramic Center in Ichon,Korea, and the Ceramic Research Center in Tempe, AZ. He has run the ceramics department for Belmont University in Nashville since 1999.