August 2020: Lynn Latta & Cameron York

Lynn Latta’s ceramic wall and pedestal sculptures are composed of wheel thrown circles. Forms are individually thrown on a potters wheel then combined intuitively creating an organic look. They form landscapes of their own, balancing with undulating ridges and valleys, smooth terrain with craggy regions. To quote Lynn, “I am interested in experimentation of form, contrast and color. From centering the clay on the wheel, to shaping the curve of the piece, surprises arise in the fluid motion of the clay, engendering a spontaneity that inspires me”. Once the forms are finished, Lynn lays out various shapes to see how they speak to one another, then assembles the sculpture. She ponders the arrangement and how she wants to guide the viewer’s eye from one section to the next. The dialogue of spontaneity can be further explored with color. She explores color and their combinations. The results are intriguing and delightful. 

Cameron York’s medium is a mixture of Intaglio printmaking and mixed media. Cameron’s statement: “Consumerism and death are both political and ever present in our lives, and these are the two themes my recent work focuses on. My work, upon first encounter, is light and sweet, but once it is picked apart, dark fissures are apparent. Like hearing a clown’s laughter in the distance; it should bring joy, yet it is relentlessly spooky and slightly other worldly. Found scraps of paper, luminous colors, and hand drawn elements that complement my themes are incorporated within my prints. Symbolic imagery expresses emotions, ideas, actions, and recounts memories. The repeating shape of gravestones, coffins, the hellhound, skulls, bone bits, and spots of rot exemplify death. Watercolor paint, graphite, and relief printing accentuate my etched imagery to build a visual history through layers, giving the feeling of depth.”