Tinderbox: Water in the West – Sculpture by Jeff Downing

Tinderbox: Water in the West includes a series of ceramic diptychs by Bay Area sculptor Jeff Downing that address the severe water shortage affecting natural habitats in the western United States.

Downing’s paired sculptures feature symbolic images of the severe drought conditions in our region which are exacerbated by the overuse of available natural water resources. The artist addresses the complex issues of water scarcity, wildfire devastation, ecosystems and conservation surrounding this ongoing crisis through his sculptures. His early interest in maritime culture led to his installation work in various bodies of water, both locally and internationally, where his elegant stelae function as markers of the ebb and flow of water over time. time.

Downing currently lives in San Rafael, California, and is a professor of art at San Francisco State University, where he directs the ceramics department. The Pence is happy to welcome him for his first solo exhibition at the Pence, but locals are familiar with his monumental dog in front of the Gallery, The Keeper, installed in 2008.

Exhibition dates: March 4 – April 24, 2022
Public receptions: March 11, 6-9 p.m. | March 17, 5-9 p.m. | April 8, 6-9 p.m. (free entry)
Address: Pence Gallery – 212 D Street, Davis, CA 95616

This year, the Pence Gallery is delighted to participate in the annual conference March 16-19 hosted by the National Council of Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) in and around Sacramento. Our three exhibitions opening in March will feature ceramic artists – On the Edge: CCA Clay, a solo exhibition by Marsha Schindler and a solo exhibition by Jeff Downing. The NCECA reception at the Pence Gallery will take place on March 17, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Image: Jeff Downing, Reliquary of Pomoxis – relic: Folsom Lake, CA

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