Thursday, July 26, 2018

Hall's Artwork on display at MacNider Art Museum!


Artisans Road Trip artist Hank Hall of Spirit Lake, IA is currently featured in a solo exhibition at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum in Mason City, IA.  Off Center: Ceramic Works of Hank Hall  will be on display through Saturday, August 25, 2018.  The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum is free to visit and open to the public.

Hall won Best in Show during the Iowa Crafts: 42 exhibition in 2015.  As prize for his win he was awarded a solo exhibition in the Museum’s Center Space Gallery in 2016.  Hall was in the process of moving, however, and did not have access to his studio or an excess of artwork.  He asked that we put off his exhibition until he was settled and able to create some new works.  The Museum is now happy to feature his clay and mixed media sculptures in a 2018 exhibition.

The name of my show is Off Center because that is how I work with clay today. Centering clay was the first skill I learned when I began on the potter’s wheel. From that point on, I began to experience great freedom as I experimented with how I made my clay objects, especially teapots. 

Now I purposely alter the parts that I throw on center to make what I see as interesting, entertaining, and sometimes humorous constructions. I like to push, twist, and experiment with every part of the construction process, looking to be a little "off" of what would be considered traditional with my use of materials. 

Being off center in my approach to clay construction allows me to entertain myself on my journey towards personal expression. If others get a kick out of my work, it doesn’t get any better than that! – Hank Hall



Hank's work can be found on Etsy at HankHallTinBinStudio; on Facebook at HankHallArtist; at Art on 16th/Kurio Kastle in Spirit Lake; at STIL, a new boutique in Spirit Lake; at Red Door Gallery in the Pearson Lakes Art Center, Okoboji, IA; and by appointment by calling 712-330-6006. His studio at 15330 250th Avenue, Spirit Lake, will be open to the public during Artisans Road Trip on Oct. 13 & 14.  

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