Diminished: A Still Life



OCTOBER 12 – DECEMBER 15, 2017


The Florence Regional Arts Alliance is pleased to present Diminished: A Still Life, an exhibition of new ceramic works by Doug Gray.  Opening on Thursday, October 12, the exhibition is a solo show of Gray’s most recent sculptural work. The exhibition will include an opening reception on Thursday, October 12, 6-8 pm at the Florence County Museum’s Waters Gallery in the Waters Building located at 135 South Dargan Street in Florence.

“At its core, Diminished: A Still Life is an exhibition about experiencing loss. And while each person experiences loss in his or her own way, there is some underlying commonality that binds our experiences together so that we can recognize loss when we see it expressed by another. The feeling of loss and emotions that accompany it are arguably more abstract than concrete, however, I chose to use it as the basis for the still life installations and wall work I produced for this exhibition. The challenge came in producing the appropriate inanimate objects to convey the intended meaning,” explains Gray about his artwork.

The exhibit consists of several large art installations and an interactive piece, which encourages audience participation. The exhibit comes at an incredible moment in time when experiences of loss and tragedy are all around us and Gray offers the viewer a meditative moment of reflection and peace.

Gray is a Professor of Art at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina, teaching Ceramics, Ceramics Sculpture, and Three-Dimensional Design. Gray exhibits both regionally and nationally. His work has appeared in several periodicals and books including: Pottery Making Illustrated, Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, Southern Living and the Lark Books’ 500 Series. Originally trained in functional pottery, his work has evolved to include sculptural and architectural forms. His current work utilizes a variety of traditional and experimental processes. He is particularly interested in color and surface, as developed on glazed and unglazed ceramic works. Additionally, he has developed various image transfer techniques on clay, a reflection of his interest in photography, printmaking, and story telling.

The exhibition is on display at the Waters Gallery through December 15, 2017. The Waters Gallery is open Monday through Friday 10am – 5pm. The admission is free and is open to the public.