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Exhibition card for "Refuge: Offerings by George Mason" showing one of his paintings

Color and texture are 'inscrutable facts’, not metaphors.
Visual inquiry can live as primary experience, and nourish without narrative.

                                                                        George Mason, Journal Notes 2016

About Artist

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Offerings by George Mason

October 11—November 21, 2017
Thursday, October 26th— noon-2pm
Gallery Demonstration


Wednesday, November 1— 

Artist Talk and Performance Dinner


About Exhibition

I create experiments and watch them with great curiosity. There is 'listening' and gazing, and following the thread of what is observed. Materials include plaster, clay, burlap, pigment, casein paint, and encaustic. Light, shadow, texture and relief, and the primacy of both color and gravity continue to capture my attention. 

George Mason has a background in ceramic architectural tile and his work is steeped in the exploration of materials and history. Richly textured and saturated with color, the largest of his “relief tapestries” are pieced together panels that occupy entire walls. 
     Mason began to combine encaustics with layered paper cut outs while teaching in Jerusalem, Indonesia, and India. Eventually, these works led the artist to synthesize several divergent interests. He asked, “Is it possible to create large dimensional works, outside the frame and highly textural, that hang with authority yet surrender to gravity with grace? 
     A recipient of 3 National Endowment for the Arts awards, and a founder of Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Mason has taught at Cranbrook Academy of Art, the College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Ohio State, U.C. Boulder, and Haystack.
     In his home state of Maine, he has shown at The Portland Museum of Art, The Center for Maine Contemporary Art; with solo shows at The Farnsworth Museum, and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Mason has completed 30 Percent For Art architectural ceramic projects for schools in Maine and New York City, including a commission for The Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta, Georgia.
     George Mason lives in Damariscotta Mills with Susan Weiser Mason. They have two grown children, Zoe and Aaron.

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