An exhibition of site specific installations by Annie Dennis and Nathan Tonning curated by Victoria Shaheen.
// Curatorial Statement //
A blister is a vessel. A soft, usually dime-sized, pocket filled with fluid caused by too much friction or overworking of a certain area of skin. In ‘a Critical Nostalgia’, an
exhibition showing new work by ceramic artists Annie Dennis and Nathan Tonning, the blisters are filled with nostalgia and mystery. Like a memory you can only recall
pieces of, the architecture of Pewabic’s historic building will both fill and drain the viewer as you experience the indoor and outdoor installations. Through Dennis’s
contemplative nostalgia and Tonnings’ historic skepticism this show will leave you want to simultaneously pop and preserve your own historical blisters
// Artist Bios //
Annie Dennis is a ceramic artist and educator raised in Algonac, Michigan. She received her B.F.A. Ceramics
from Western Michigan University in 2010 and her M.F.A. Ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2013.
Now located in Detroit, Michigan, Dennis is working as an Adjunct Professor, Ceramics, at Wayne County
Community College, Ceramics Instructor at Pewabic Pottery, and Art Coordinator at College for Creative Studies.
Nathan Tonning received his MFA from the University of Montana in 2012, and a BA from Grand Valley State University in 2007. Nathan currently teaches at
Pewabic Pottery and College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Nathan’s work includes frequent collaboration,
an examination of the potential of various sculptural materials, and a soft-spoken sense of humor. Nathan’s
recent projects include the founding of FrontierSpace in Missoula, and an on-going involvement with a project
space comprised of a 16’ travel trailer known as FRNTI3R.