Figurative ceramic artist and musician Joe Batt’s “In the Cloud” solo exhibition aims to promote dialogue about our relationship with technology, and will be on display in the PUB Gallery of Art at Peninsula College beginning Tuesday, January 9 through Thursday February 8. Batt will also host a lecture in the Little Theater beginning at 12:30 pm on February 8, with a reception following at 1:30 pm in the Gallery.
“This installation is a meditation on the super quickly expanding continent of WiFi technology, culture, and devices in our lives ….and it is a celebration of hand-formed and hand-drawn gestural renderings of children and objects in an arranged environment,” Batt said. “I chose children as the main characters because I feel that the unknown impact of the Digital Age is effectively conveyed through them.”
Originally from South Dakota, Batt received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of South Dakota and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Montana. Currently, he is full time art faculty at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Washington. He has also taught in The Evergreen State College summer program, Lower Columbia College, California State University, the University of Montana, and Olympic College.
“I am often confronted with the challenges of how to effectively use or accommodate new technology in my teaching and for making art,” he said. “Recently I’ve been exploring the use of apps, drawing tablets, and other digital media in my art work and in my classes. The digital compositions in the exhibition are a result of that exploration.”
Batt has held artist in residencies at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine, and Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana. His work has been described as quirky, friendly, mysterious, and sentimental. Recent works focus mostly on 3D and 2D renderings of children navigating the Digital Age. Joe’s ceramics have been exhibited widely in galleries and museums around the country.
The exhibit, Studium Generale and artist reception are free and open to the public.
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