Oct 22nd 2010


@ LVL3 @ The Merchandise Mart

222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

Opening Friday, October 22nd, from 6PM - 10PM

On view through Sunday, October 31st

Coffee mugs represent a place of sentimental permanence. Mass-produced and in the homes of many, coffee mugs are an interesting way to gain cultural insight. They have a variety of functions. As an object, they are a symptom of consumer culture and tradition. We buy them, drink, collect and gift them.

In a traditional sense, the technique and material used to craft mugs still remains the same. With ceramics the form for making a vessel is one of the first techniques a student will learn in traditional studio practice. Far removed from what kitsch art signifies, the act of creating mugs in studio practice is very personal and time consuming. However, the tourism and souvenir industry relies heavily on the production of coffee mugs and with pop culture being the largest demand of object ephemera it puts traditional studio practice to shame.

Featuring Alysia Kaplan, Andrew Holmquist, Andrew Norman Wilson, Annie Bielski, Ben Russell, Brook Sinkinson Withrow, Carson Fisk-Vittori, Clara Kim, Clint Enns, Daniel Eatock, Daniel Shea, David Robert Elliott, David Sampson, Dominic Paul Moore, Easton Miller, EJ Hill, Jason Lazarus, Jason Pickleman, Jeremy Tinder, Jessica Bardsley, John Riepenhoff, Kate Ruggeri, Kate Steciw, Katie Kraft, Katy Keefe, Leslie Supnet, Liz Nielson, Lucy Chinen, Marco Kane Braunschweiler, Martine Syms, Mat Rappaport, McKeever Donovan, Megan Plunkett, Michael Sirianni, Mike Fleming, Nick Nold, Olivia Swider, Patrick Bobilin, Paul Kenneth, Rachel Niffenegger, Randy Sterling Hunter, Ryan Travis Christian, Samuel D York, Sangho Choi, Stephen Eichhorn and Todd Beyer.

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