Lyon College’s Kresge Gallery will feature Dr. Scott Meyer’s personal artwork as part of the Crucible Project.
This serves as a continuation of Meyer’s virtual visit this past November. Meyer had presented a lecture to students on how to bring artistic ideas to fruition and how to create a body of work from the original idea.
The Crucible Project is an ongoing cooperation between Meyer and fellow artists Ken Baskin, Richard Hirsch, and Virginia Scotchie. The crucible, Meyer said, is “perhaps, the most eloquent symbol of industry, the process of making, and high heat.”
“It is an object about heat that hopefully gains both meaning and aesthetic integrity with its firing in the anagama,” he said. “There, in that intense process, the surfaces are scorched and scarred by ash and the force of the flame. Reassembled after firing, the crucible forms speak of wear, age and use over time.”
Meyer said the vessel has an important history in a number of cultures and time periods. Its function is to house and facilitate physical transformation- to unite disparate elements. These physical attributes and processes lead very rapidly to philosophical overlays, he said.
“The crucible becomes the physical embodiment of the concept of Gestalt,” Meyer said. “As the physical begins to approach the philosophical, the spiritual is evoked and the subject of Alchemy (both historically and metaphorically) becomes relevant.”
His work will be shown in the Kresge Gallery until Friday, March 18. The reception will be on Friday, Feb. 25, at 5:30 p.m. The Artist Talk will begin at 6 p.m., and a Q&A session will follow.
Meyer has been a ceramic artist for over 40 years. His foundation training at the Pennsylvania State University was on the potter’s wheel with a heavily Asian content both technically and philosophically. His doctoral dissertation addressed the role of place in the artists’ imagination. This started an interest in writing that echoes his role as a sculptor. He is currently in his 36th year teaching ceramics at the University of Montevallo, where he holds the rank of full professor. A passion for industrial tools led him gradually to his current focus on the crucible form and attending objects. This focus also formed the basis for an ongoing collaborative effort known as The Crucible Project.
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