Ceramics Visiting Artist Lecture: Matthias Merkel Hess


Wednesday, April 23, 3:00 p.m.
Ceramics Department Gallery, Columbus Drive, 280 S. Columbus Dr., room 156

Los Angeles-based Matthias Merkel Hess is a sculptor, potter, manufacturer, and merchandiser who uses his work to mess with boundaries, adopt multiple causes, and function in the art world as a gentle trickster. Best known for replicating plastic vessels such as milk crates and gas cans in clay, he also produces pottery and figurines and creates catalogs, advertisements, and marketing strategies. Equally interested in utility and futility, ultimately his work reaches toward the idea that art exists in museums, galleries, and as part of daily life. Merkel Hess's talk will cover the various facets of his work as well as his show, Things, which opens April 25 at Volume Gallery in Chicago.