Colby Parsons: New Technology and Clay Sculpture


Guest artist at the Tuesday, October 25th meeting of the Irving Art Association will be Colby Parsons, MFA,  Associate Professor in Visual Art at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, where he teaches Ceramics and Emergent Media.

He will give a presentation about his work, which involves projecting imagery onto clay sculptures, and showing how he aligns video exactly with one of his artworks. The process involves very specific alignment so that the video exactly fits the form, making it almost appear as if the light is emanating from the clay.  His research also involves using digital fabrication tools to create forms. That includes scanning real objects digitally and then creating press molds of them with a milling machine. The work that comes out of those molds is then worked by hand to add detail. He is now also in the process of creating forms using a 3D printer that builds up layers using clay. Working with these processes has also led him to ways of generating forms using software, which has turned out to be quite a bit more complicated and time-consuming in some ways, but it is allowing for forms that would be almost impossible otherwise.

Doors open at 6:30 pm and the Meeting at 7:00 pm at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts in Irving. Directions. Artists, don’t forget to bring your entry for the Artist of the Month competition and donations for the Silent Auction by 6:45. Guests are welcome.


About the Artist:

Colby’s work has been shown in a variety of places including the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in California, The International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark, the University of Pennsylvania Art Museum, and in Dallas at the Craighead Green Gallery, the Pawn Gallery, and 500X.  He also created a site-specific installation for the 2010 Taiwanese Ceramic Biennial at the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum.

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