Tricks of the Trade: Illusions in Craft-Based Media Exhibition

Friday, Oct 19, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm


Tricks of the Trade: Illusions in Craft-Based Media highlights the aesthetic and technical wonders of contemporary trompe l’oeil masterworks. Trompe l’oeil (meaning “fools the eye” in French) is a hyper-realistic style of art in which viewer perceptions and the artists’ materials are never what they seem. In the works featured here, clay imitates wood and metal, two- and three-dimensionality becomes muddled, and opaque matter appears impossibly translucent. The very nature of trompe l’oeil incites additional questions and prompts a second look. While Tricks of the Trade presents some of the finest technical achievements in contemporary craft, many of the exhibited works boldly explore commentary on a vast array of topics, including environmentalism, consumerism, artistic tradition, personal experiences, and other subjects. By taking a fresh and inquisitive look at common materials and motifs, viewers may begin to perceive themselves in a different light as well, considering aspects of their own lives and questioning if everything is truly what it appears to be.

Tricks of the Trade is a timely exhibition, one that highlights the treasures of the handmade, while also examining the things we create, utilize, and value. As a result of the juxtaposition between the artificial and the real, viewers gain of deeper understanding of creation in both the human hand and the natural world.

Artist featured in the exhibition: Dan Anderson, Miriam Carpenter, Claude Chavent, Tom Eckert, Steven Hansen, Michelle Holzapfel, Lincoln Seitzman, Eric Serritella, Richard Shaw, Victor Spinski, and Jeannine Marchand

Date: March 31 – November 18, 2018

Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Location: M. Tarlow Gallery

Venue: Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301...

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Tricks of the Trade: Illusions in Craft-Based Media would not be possible without the enthusiasm and generous support of artists and lenders both in the U.S. and abroad. In addition, Fuller Craft Museum extends special thanks to Jason Jacques Gallery (New York, NY), Moderne Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), Mobilia Gallery (Cambridge, MA), Patina Gallery (Santa Fe, NM), and The Center for Art in Wood (Philadelphia, PA) for their assistance in developing this exhibition.

Tricks of the Trade: Illusions in Craft-Based Media (March 31st - November 18th, 2018) is an exhibition composed of entirely trompe l’oeil ("fools the eye" in French) work. This hyper-realistic style of craft, while technically magnificent, also comes with great narrative qualities, speaking to themes of political strife, community, and personal experience. Featured artists include Marilyn Levine, Richard Shaw, Tom Eckert, Claude Chavent, Victor Spinski, Michelle Holzapfel, Miriam Carpenter, Steven Hansen, and Dan Anderson, amongst others.