Ceramic tile sculptures 12” X 12” X 2” by Jason H. Green at the Olean Public Library Gallery
Ceramic tile sculptures 12” X 12” X 2” by Jason H. Green at the Olean Public Library Gallery

The Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) is proud to present the 2013 Southern Tier Biennial Best of Show Winner, ceramic artist Jason H. Green, as he speaks about his work at a reception for his solo show titled Recovered Geometries.

The reception will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Olean Public Library Gallery. This exhibition of Green’s contemporary ceramic tile sculptures will be on display at the library gallery through Dec. 27. The event is free and open to the public.

Texture, color and pattern are played out across large, thick ceramic tiles in arrangements that appear both random and planned, straightforward and yet somewhat spellbinding. Green combines digital and hand-made technologies to create the optical illusions and textures that are so mesmerizing in his work. As he explains it, “The digital tools I use to design forms and surfaces are combined with processes that are adapted from traditional methods of hand-making. The forms I make are created by hand-pressing clay into molds made from plaster and wood.” Green describes Recovered Geometries as an investigation into “how optical illusions may alter our perception as being more or less real.” He goes on to say, “Optical illusions can change our sense of perception and influence our understanding of an object.”

Green was named the 2013 Southern Tier Biennial Best of Show Winner from among 87 artists in the juried competition. Green’s work was chosen from the 38 artists accepted by two prestigious members of the Western New York art community: Kate Koperski, Director of the Castellani Art Museum, and John Vanco, Director and Curator of the Erie Art Museum.

The Southern Tier Biennial Solo Exhibition is presented by the CCAC, Olean Public Library Gallery, Jamestown Community College, and the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation through the generous sponsorship of the F. Donald Kenney Foundation.

The CCAC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has served the greater Cattaraugus County region for more than 16 years with quality arts programs and services. CCAC is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts and by members and donors.

For more information, visit www.myartscouncil.net, www.southerntierbiennial.com, and www.jasongreenceramics.com.