Ferrin Contemporary presents DIRECTIONS: Sergei Isupov, the first in a series of exhibitions that focus on a single artist during a transitional moment in their creative process. Artists featured in this series present new works that highlight developments from artistic and technical experimentation, visually depict results from research, and provide the opportunity to explore new installation concepts.
First to be presented is work by Sergei Isupov, whose sculpture titled Directions, inspired the series. This larger-than-life, authoritarian figure points towards a group of the artist's smaller porcelain works, which explore a range of ideas leading to new directions. Isupov, an established sculptor based in Cummington, Massachusetts and Tallinn, Estonia, is world known for his surrealistic, personal narratives which simultaneously integrate painted imagery and dimensional forms.
At the opening reception on April 28, from 4–6 p.m., the artist will demonstrate his figure-ground painting technique and discuss the new directions explored in his recent works. This public event takes place during the Spring Building 13 Open House on the MASS MoCA campus and is part of ArtWeek, a statewide program highlighting the importance of supporting the arts in Massachusetts. ArtWeek takes place April 27–May 6.
DIRECTIONS: Sergei Isupov will be open to the public April 28—July 22 at Ferrin Contemporary. The gallery is open during May–June, Thursday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., by appointment, and extended hours during Memorial Day Weekend. July–August, open daily 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
ABOUT SERGEI ISUPOV
Sergei Isupov, (born 1963 Stravapole, Russia) currently resides in Cummington, MA, USA and Tallinn, Estonia. His work is widely collected in public institutions and exhibited internationally. Hidden Messages, a 20-year career survey was presented at the Erie Art Museum in 2017.
Isupov graduated from the Art Institute of Tallinn, Estonia in 1990 with a BA/MFA in Ceramics and immigrated to the USA in 1994. Isupov has a long international resume with work in numerous public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Norwegian Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum of Arts and Design, N.Y., Racine Art Museum, Wisc., and Museum of Fine Arts Boston. In 2001 Isupov was awarded the Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award. His work is featured in numerous books, catalogs and magazines including Postmodern Ceramics, Sex Pots: Eroticsm in Ceramics, The Ceramic Surface; Shy Boy, She Devil, and Isis: The Art of Conceptual Craft; Confrontational Ceramics. Recent residencies include Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Mont., The International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary and Guldagergaard, International Ceramic Research Center, Skælskør, Denmark.
ABOUT FERRIN CONTEMPORARY
Ferrin Contemporary specializes in ceramic art circa 1950 to the present. For more than 30 years, private collectors, institutions, and the media have made it their preferred source for artwork by established and emerging artists whose primary medium is clay. Based in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Ferrin Contemporary exhibits curated projects and solo shows in their year-round gallery space and through innovative partnerships with leading museums and galleries throughout the US and abroad.