Dooley's solo exhibit titled "The Language of Surface and Form" includes an artist reception and talk from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Sherrie Gallerie in Columbus. Comprised of approximately 20 new pieces created this summer, the exhibit will on display through Sept. 30.
Dooley uses thin slabs of porcelain to work in a manner similar to that used when creating oilcans and funnels from sheets of metal.
"By texturing the slabs, applying a metallic oxide wash and suing stamps to create rivets, I reference the aged, dented and rusted surfaces that are so appealing," Dooley said. "Although these referenced objects have been a continual influence and resource for my work, I take care to impart my own personality and visual vocabulary to push the work beyond realistic depiction."
His ceramics artwork bridges both the sculptural and functional sides of ceramics. It has been exhibited throughout the United States, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, and internationally as well. His work is represented in many private and permanent collections, including the Yixing Ceramics Museum, Yixing, China and Museu de Ceramica de Manises, Manises, Spain.
Dooley's artwork has been published in Ceramics Monthly, Claytimes and Pottery Making Illustrated and was recently selected to be included in the ceramic textbook Clay and Glazes for the Potter.
Dooley joined the Wittenberg faculty in 2000 and is currently director of the Ann Miller Gallery in Koch Hall on campus. He has also spearheaded Wittenberg's popular annual Empty Bowls fundraising event since joining the faculty. His students and volunteers threw more than 800 bowls for the sold-out 2009 event, which raised more than $27,000 for local food banks.
Written by: Phyllis Eberts
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