Andrew Snyder: 9 Meditations

Andrew Snyder: 9 Meditations | Press Release | Anatomy of a Bowl Workshop | Installation View | Video

June 3-July 15, 2017
Opening Reception: June 3, 7-9pm
Artist Talk: June 17, 7pm
Performances: June 2 (1-3pm, 4-6pm, 7-9pm), June 3 (9-11am, 1-3pm, 5-7pm), June 17 (3-5pm)
Workshops: July 15, 3-5pm and 7-9pm

Andrew Snyder presents 9 Meditations, a performative installation at Open Source Gallery.

Traditionally, the act of throwing is merely a means to an end; the potter’s wheel, a tool. Customarily, the act of throwing is documented by firing the work. During 9 Meditations, Snyder, rather than relying on the finished product to demonstrate his skill, records his time on the potter’s wheel by transforming the fabric beneath the potter’s wheel into a canvas for the documentation of his work.

9 Meditations pays tribute to the tradition of demonstration by way of performance. There is a long history of demonstration in the crafts–whether weaving, smithing or throwing–as a performance that shows the mastery of the craftsman’s skill. Snyder does not place focus on the bowls made at the potter’s wheel, but concentrates on throwing. The repetitive process of throwing, as demonstrated during six two-hour performances the day before and the day of the opening reception of 9 Meditations, puts the potter into a state of meditation. While throwing, Snyder takes time to reflect, creating bowls that upon first look might appear similar, but result from a process that is ever-changing with the circumstances of Snyder’s reflection.

The monotony and boredom of repetition often leads Snyder into contemplation about the people in his life. Snyder incorporates his contemplation about friends, family and neighbors into the performance using fabric that reminds him of specific people. Fabrics are sought out by Snyder, an avid thrift store shopper, at secondhand shops or requested from those they represent. The found fabrics give insight into Snyder’s meditations, which transform each performance and bowl into something subtly different.

Andrew Snyder received a Bachelor of Science in Ceramics from Towson University in 2001. Upon graduation he began his career as a production potter at Eldreth Pottery in Oxford, PA. In 2010 he returned to Towson University to pursue his MFA in Sculpture. Snyder currently teaches ceramics and digital modeling at West Chester University where he is Assistant Professor of Art, ceramics area and object lab coordinator. Snyder previously exhibited 9 Meditations at Linfield College (Oregon). His work has been shown throughout the United States at spaces such as Baltimore Clayworks (MD), Knauer Gallery (PA), Wayne Art Center (PA), Academy of Fine Arts (VA), Thornhill Gallery (MO) and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art (DE) among many others.



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2017 Exhibitions
Reimagining Tradition
The Fire Theory: ICE
Sana Obaid: دیوار | De-war | Wall
10th Annual South Slope Derby
Andrew Snyder: 9 Meditations
Francesco Simeti: Swell
Liinu Grönlund: It could have been
The Middle Passage
Soup Kitchen 2016
2016 Exhibitions
Another Space: Permanent Construction
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Dimensions Variable: Multidisciplinary
South Slope Derby 2016
Boa Mistura: Spread Love, It’s The Brooklyn Way
SiTE:LAB: Nothing Is Destroyed
guerilla-art.mx: Transgression
Rawiya: In Her Absence I Created Her Image
HAI: Sole Exchange
Videokaffe: Para-sites & Proto-types
Prosjektrom Normanns: Transcendental Tactility
/rive: Anamorphosis
Soup Kitchen 2015
Mira Gaberova: Statue of Everything
Savas Boyraz: Back Drop
Cristian Bors & Marius Ritiu: Venus von Hamburg
Soap Box Derby 2015
Sara Morawetz: How the Stars Stand
Whitney Lynn: Rummage
Yun-Woo Choi: Endless, Seamless
Jasmine Murrell: Some Impossibility Without A Name
Tirtzah Bassel: I Want To Hold You Close
B. David Walsh: Extracted Bedroom Project
Lena Lapschina: Yes/No
Soup Kitchen 2014
Sofia Szamosi: Eat Me
Corina Reynolds: Northwestern Expansion
Emanuele Cacciatore: A Conversation with Consequence
Box Car Workshops and Derby 2014