It’s Still Political: Gender, Sexuality, and Queerness in Contemporary Ceramics

Mar 6 to Apr 19

Curated by Mac Star McCusker and Curatorial Advisor, Kelly Connole
Opening reception: Friday, March 6, 6 – 8 pm

Assumptions and misconceptions about gender and sexuality are all too common. Most of us are forced to participate in antiquated gender roles. Femininity and masculinity are often defined by societal expectations of what it means to be women and men. But gender expression and gender identity have nothing to do with sexuality. The artists in this exhibition address and actively engage in dialogue about these topics. Curated by Mac Star McCusker, this exhibition is a reboot—with a contemporary spin—of Sexual Politics: Gender, Sexuality, and Queerness in Contemporary Ceramics, a provocative exhibition curated by Kelly Connole for Northern Clay Center in 2015.

A maker themself of wheel-thrown, slab-built, and sculpted ceramics, McCusker’s work “spotlights the policing of gender, anti-discrimination laws, Bathroom Bills, and issues addressing the LGBTQ community.” The artist has produced work in such series as The Transition Series, Project Canary: The Gender Magnet Drop, Trans-Action Figures, among others. McCusker lives and maintains a studio in North Carolina and currently teaches at Odyssey Clayworks. They hold an MFA from Georgia State University in Atlanta and a BA from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia.

Of their practice, McCusker says, “Living and working in the state of North Carolina has forced me to address things affecting my community, making me the subject of my own work. I have become, for better or worse, visible and vulnerable through making and creating ceramic sculptures. I am generating a dialogue about my life, my own narrative, political, and social concerns, and through that process I am educating others.”