Oct. 11-Nov. 10: Gallery Features Domonique Venzant '02
The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery at Augustana will open, “Sine Qua Non,” a new installation of ceramics and sculpture by Domonique Venzant '02 on Thursday, Oct. 11. The exhibit runs through Friday, Nov. 10. The Gallery Reception and Artist Talk was held on Friday, Oct. 12.
Venzant’s artwork asks his viewers to contemplate not just what is absolutely essential to specific materials — from wood, steel, clay, or paint — but also what is absolutely essential for a form to “say.” He begins with basic forms like cylinders, bowls and teapots, which then evolve into extemporaneous interpretations of these forms. “It is clay's ability to communicate that I believe is important,” notes Venzant. “Oftentimes, what is most important to say cannot be said in only one way; and if it is truly important, it is worth saying more than once.”
Venzant’s carefully crafted shapes and spaces ask his audience to contemplate the relationship of individual parts to the whole as a means to invoke simple questions with complex answers: “Who am I?” “Who are you?” “Who are we?” As Venzant states, “The connections, relationships, and social obligations that each of us are familiar … exist in the work as implied relationships between individual components — palpable, knowable, but unseen.”
Venzant graduated from Augustana College in 2002 with a major in biology, but his life path changed when he took ceramics for his fine arts elective his senior year. Following graduation, he became an apprentice in ceramics under Richard Bresnahan at the Saint John’s Pottery Studio and then completed a second apprenticeship under Simon Levin at Mill Creek Pottery. He then went on to earn an M.F.A. in ceramics and sculpture from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is currently a full-time instructor of ceramics and sculpture at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery is located on Commons Circle (30th Street and Grange Avenue), in the Center for Visual Arts at Augustana College. The gallery is open to the public and free of charge. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday noon to 5 p.m.
Above: Domonique Venzant, “Untitled Teapot”