posted on January 09, 2013 17:28
The University of Mobile Art Department will host Branan Mercer, a specialist in ceramic art, in an exhibit titled “Functional Works in Porcelain.” The exhibit begins Jan. 14 and ends Feb. 28 in Martin Hall Gallery on the University of Mobile campus. Admission is free, and the public is invited to a reception Feb. 14 at 1:30 p.m.
The exhibit will feature the Fairhope, AL artist’s current body of work, which is a study of form and function. Mercer has a strong desire to eliminate distractions from his work, simply focusing on lines, surfaces, and volume. The subtle surfaces are absent of glaze, leaving only a porcelain body that has been sanded five times to a smooth, satin white surface, a trademark of Mercer’s current style.
“The pieces are meant to blend seamlessly into any environment; accentuating the food and beverage they serve, the flowers they embrace, or the shelf they inhabit. My determination is to create well-crafted, hand-made vessels in which everyone can find beauty,” Mercer said.
Mercer graduated from Auburn University in 2008 with a bachelor of fine arts in ceramics. After college, he traveled to St. Petersburg, FL to work as a resident at The Craftsman House Gallery. He is the studio manager at The Kiln Studio and Gallery in Fairhope, AL, where he crafts his own work and teaches.
The Martin Hall Gallery is under the direction of Phillip Counselman, associate professor of art at the University of Mobile. For more information about visual arts at UMobile, call 251.442.2283.
The University of Mobile is a Christian university located in Mobile, Ala., on an 880-acre campus near Gulf Coast beaches. Approximately 1,800 students are enrolled in more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Christian Leadership, School of Business, School of Christian Ministries, School of Education, School of Nursing, School of Worship Leadership, Center for Performing Arts/School of Music and Center for Adult Programs.
For more information about the University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu
or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.
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