Ceramic art redefined: “DMV Dirt” with Lori Katz

Frequent Torpedo Factory visitors have long understood the artistic potential of clay, but at a new exhibition in downtown D.C., Torpedo Factory artist Lori Katz joins three other area artists—Laurel Lukaszewski, Novie Trump, and Jodi Walsh—in emphasizing just how expressive such humble material can be.

“DMV Dirt,” opening this week at Long View Gallery, may have a self-effacing title, but visitors are sure to be impressed by the emotional depth of the work. For Katz, who’s made a wide range of innovative dinnerware and teapots over the years, the show is an exciting opportunity to emphasize a different side of ceramic art, one that brings the aesthetic side of pottery to the fore.

work by all four “DMV Dirt” artists, Long View Gallery

“This is only the second opportunity I’ve had to show my wall work exclusive of my functional work,” she says. “It allows me to show a very basic material in a way that explores the expressive quality of clay rather than in its most familiar forms: as a mug, plate, or bowl. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! It’s just taking clay into a different realm and thinking of it compositionally, experiencing the end product as one might a painting.”

For Katz, the opportunity to promote the fine-art potential of clay is a delight in itself, but she’s also honored to be partnering with other talented artists in a gallery that can present large and unusual works as they’re truly meant to be seen.

“I’m thrilled to be exhibiting with Laurel, Novie, and Jodi, and Long View is a fantastic space, spare and big,” she says. “I can’t wait to hang the work.”

See “DMV Dirt” at Long View Gallery at 1234 Ninth Street, NW, in Washington, D.C., from June 12 through July 13, 2014, and meet the artists at the opening reception on Thursday, June 12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. See more of Lori Katz’s work at the Torpedo Factory in studio 8 or on her website, www.lorikatz.com.

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