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Mike Cannata: Environmental Flux

Opening reception: Saturday, May 13th, 5pm to 9pm

“Everything manmade will eventually wither away. While recycling clay I find myself enamored by the process. It reminds me that nature is always in flux and that physical material is imparipinnate. Clay scraps that sit in a bucket of water go from straight edges, to chunky texture, to mud. In the same way nature claims soil with its rivers while manmade structures succumb to rust and erosion. My exhibition should embolden people to feel connected with the enormous power of nature. I want people to feel present with the forces of a world in constant evolution.”


Michael Cannata is currently a long-term Artist in Residence at the Morean Center for Clay. Cannata received a BFA from The New York State School of Ceramics at Alfred University (Alfred, NY). Prior to the Morean, Cannata participated in two residency programs at Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark. Following this time, Cannata briefly worked in a studio at the Bridgeport Art Center (Chicago, IL). Most recently Cannata took part in a month-long residency at Red Lodge Clay Center (Red Lodge, MT). Cannata’s art has been exhibited throughout the U.S. including The Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.) and the Capitol Building (Washington D.C.), and internationally in Denmark, Russia and South Korea.