Located opposite Ruthin Craft Centre’s booth at SOFA New York, 2012 was a dynamic display from Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield MA. Ferrin Gallery was established in 1979 by 3 artists including Leslie Ferrin and is nationally known as a contemporary gallery specialising in figural sculpture and studio ceramics.
Inspired by conversations between Museum of Fine Arts Boston curator, Emily Zilber and designer/artist Molly Hatch and Chris Antemann, COVET is an ongoing series of projects by contemporary artists inspired by museum collections and conversations about content, context, social history and patronage. Curated by Leslie Ferrin and Sienna Patti, the preview of COVET at SOFA New York, April 2012 included design, sculpture, ceramic, painting, photography, print and works on paper.
‘one of the strongest trends in contemporary art today is the reinterpretation of history as presented through modern ideas. Through the COVET project, we are pleased to offer our exhibition and public programs as an opportunity to inspire the creation of new artwork whilst simultaneously forging new relationships between museum curators and contemporary artists’.
– Leslie Ferrin
Following SOFA, New York, Leslie Ferrin has been invited by Mission Gallery, Swansea on a research visit to Wales during 25th November – 30th November as part of the Wales Arts International initiative, ‘Wales Curatorial Visits 2012 – Opening Gallery Doors to the World’. Mission Gallery are looking forward to building upon the research done at New York and have proposed a broad programme across Wales, using the fantastic resources and strong network of Applied Arts venues. There is a focus on Leslie Ferrin meeting ceramicist and Creative Wales Ambassador, Claire Curneen and Fireworks Clay Studios, other visits range from individual artist studio visits, to collectives, as well as exhibition, museum and gallery visits; ensuring that the wealth of visual and applied art across Wales is promoted.
The projects in COVET range from updates of subject or content; the recreation of an object using new technology; conceptual installations or “interventions” produced as collaborations with museums. Artists are currently engaged with curators and collections at multiple venues including Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute, Williamstown, MA; the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA; the High Museum, Atlanta, GA; and Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA.