Mise en place

Date: Sep 25 - Oct 27, 2017

Time(s): Weekdays 9 AM – 5 PM

Opening Reception:
September 26, 5 – 7 PM in the Patton Malott Gallery at Anderson Ranch 

Exhibition Synopsis:

One of the first lessons taught to new chefs in culinary school is the practice of mise en place. Literally meaning “set in place”, this phrase refers to having all ingredients prepped, pre-measured and set out, ready to go before the cooking begins. A pragmatic approach, the principle of mise en place is one of awareness. It can be a noun, a verb, and a way of being in the world.

The works in this exhibition reflect on these variable “ingredients” of making, including material, texture, style, and content. In a personal studio practice, distinct objects and modes of thinking are often brought together and arranged before the work is made, much like the nature of Anderson Ranch, where things find their use in particular places at specific times of season. Mise en place is an exploration of this order, scale, time, and placement: linking the local site with the makers that inhabit it.

Artist Bios:

Giselle Hicks
Originally from Dana Point, Calif., Giselle received her M.F.A in Ceramics from Alfred University. She has participated in numerous residency programs and exhibited work in museums and galleries throughout the country. Giselle is happy to return to the Ranch after previously working as a summer intern and winter resident from 2002-2005.

Carter Hopkins
Carter Hopkins is an educator and artist from Rochester, New York. In 2017, he received his M.F.A in Furniture Design from The School For American Craft at the Rochester Institute of Technology. With a background in Fine Art as well as Woodworking, he utilizes his process of Drawing & Painting to inspire and create one of a kind pieces of furniture.

Michael Lorsung
Michael Lorsung, originally from Minneapolis, Minneapolis, is a transmedia artist based in Snowmass Village, Colorado. Lorsung earned his BFA from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio in 2006 and received his MFA in Ceramics from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in 2017. He most recently exhibited at the Majestic Gallery in Nelsonville, Ohio as well as at the International Ceramic Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary. His work investigates the similitude between the value of hand-made craft objects, and that of designed and engineered industrially produced goods.

Josh Meier
Josh received a B.F.A from the University of Kansas and attended the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture summer session. He is the recipient of a Hollander Family Foundation Grant and his work has been featured in New American Paintings, organized by Evan Garza. His paintings have been shown at PDX Contemporary, Portland; the Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence; and Anderson Ranch.

Fabiano Sarra
Fabiano Sarra is a furniture designer and maker from Rochester, NY. He was a past Studio Coordinator for the Furniture Design and Woodworking program at Anderson Ranch and is currently working towards his M.F.A in Furniture Design at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Mark Tan
Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Mark graduated from Sheridan College’s Crafts & Design program with a B.F.A in furniture design.

Ben Timpson
Benjamin was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has lived in Idaho, Wyoming, Michigan, Nevada, Missouri, South Carolina, Indiana, and Colorado. He received his M.F.A in Photography from Indiana University. Benjamin specializes in interdisciplinary mediums.