Visiting Artist Lectures: Lori-Ann Touchette and Paolo Porelli

Visiting artist Paolo Porelli and curator Lori-Ann Touchette spoke to the ceramics, sculpture, and foundations students last Friday at the H&R Block Arts Space. In Paolo’s lecture, titled Icons of a Contemporary World, he talked about his work, and how his sculptures developed out of his older paintings. He said that he was “reconciling subject and form with a background that reveals depth,” something that is also, in a way, true of his sculptures. His figures present a variety of surfaces that both accentuate and negate the form, which enhance the allegories and narratives that he is creating with sculpted symbols.

Lori-Ann Touchette spoke about contemporary ceramic sculpture in Italy, highlighting the Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza (MIC) and the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome. She presented several artists exhibited at those galleries as a way of talking about ceramic art’s current position in Italian galleries and museums. Among the artists she discussed were Lucio Fontana, Arturo Martini, Salvatore Meli, and Giacinto Cerone.