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Tim Rowan

My art work flows from a basic desire to find and create meaning in my life. It is fueled by questions I ask myself concerning the realities I am confronted with.

Process is essential to my work and begins with the medium of clay itself. Investigating and using clays from the local area locates me in a specific place and serves to bring to my awareness time as manifest in the moment. Working with raw clay and prospecting in the natural environment serves to keep me in tune with an earth centered and geologic time. The forming process, working on multiples and repetitively, is not unlike growth in nature. Clay must be worked at its own pace as its moisture is slowly evaporating regardless of the demands from outside. Firing functions in a similar way. The wood kiln must be slowly stoked for 7 days if the work is to be successfully transformed from clay to cultural artifact.

The forms that my works take on are simple. They rely on a minimum amount of information and detail. They are constructed with a language of subtly, understatement, and restraint. In contrast to the majority of objects and images that we are bombarded with in our contemporary society they do not easily stand out or compete for attention and in this respect require the viewer to actively slow down. They have the capacity to be engaging on different levels and this is best accomplished when one allows the work to reveal itself over time. Utilitarian objects also require physical participation, such as drinking a cup of tea. These rituals of use are also embodiments of time. When I experience real joy I am aware of my mortality and the preciousness of the moment.

Tim Rowan - U Sculpture Tim Rowan - Wide Angled Sculpture w/ Red Tim Rowan - Tall Geometric Sculpture
Tim Rowan - Sculptural Vessel Ash on Plane Tim Rowan - Sculptural Form Grey #34 Tim Rowan - Wide Sculptural w/Diagonal #35
Tim Rowan - Vessel #31 w/White Marks, View 3 Tim Rowan - Tall Stepped Vessel Ash Drip Tim Rowan - Tall Stepped Vessel Ash Drip, View 2
Tim Rowan - Vessel #31 w/White Marks, View 1 Tim Rowan - Triangular Vessel with Ash Drips Tim Rowan - Curved Form with Red
Tim Rowan - Vessel #30 w/Angled Foot Tim Rowan - Vessel #28 w/Angled Rim Tim Rowan - Vessel #29 w/Diagonal Lines
Tim Rowan - Angled Arc w/Cut Tim Rowan - Arc w/White Flecks Tim Rowan - Arc w/White Flecks, view 2
Tim Rowan - Small Sculpture Tim Rowan - Untitled Vessel Tim Rowan - Untitled Pouring Vessel
Tim Rowan - Untitled Tim Rowan - Untitled Tim Rowan - Untitled Vessel
Tim Rowan - Teabowl #60 Tim Rowan - Teabowl #61, view 2 Tim Rowan - Teabowl #61
Tim Rowan - Untitled Platter Tim Rowan - Teabowl #65, view 2 Tim Rowan - Teabowl #65
Tim Rowan - Untitled Box Tim Rowan - Object #110 Tim Rowan - Untitled Pouring Vessel
Tim Rowan - Rectangular Black Chawan Tim Rowan - Pair of Black Teabowls, Small Tim Rowan - Tea Bowl
Tim Rowan - Chawan Tim Rowan - Triangular Black Chawan Tim Rowan - Diagonal Box  #112
Tim Rowan - Object # 120 Tim Rowan - Object # 114 Spiral Tim Rowan - Object #1012
Tim Rowan - Object #107 Tim Rowan - Object #108 Tim Rowan - Water Course 4 Part Wall Sculpture
Tim Rowan - Object 111 Tim Rowan - Tall Oval Vessel Tim Rowan - #128
Tim Rowan - #12296 Tim Rowan - #12295 Tim Rowan - #12106
Tim Rowan - #11A96 Tim Rowan - #11A95 Tim Rowan - Trough #12295
Tim Rowan - Curved Fragment #121 Tim Rowan - Carved Square #12255 Tim Rowan - Box 085
Tim Rowan - Sculpted Form #11A91 Tim Rowan - Monolith Tim Rowan - Tall column with Black
Tim Rowan - Segmented Fragment #12252 view 2 Tim Rowan - Fragment Series 1422 Tim Rowan - Fragment Series 1420
Tim Rowan - Fragment Series 1446 Tim Rowan - Fragment Series 1424 Tim Rowan - Fragment Series 1439
Tim Rowan - Fragment Series 1429 Tim Rowan - Teabowl #35 Greys/Greens Tim Rowan - Teabowl B&W
Tim Rowan - Teabowl #12291 w/ Melted Ash Tim Rowan - Teabowl #12291 w/ Melted Ash Tim Rowan - Teabowl B&W
Tim Rowan - Untitled Vessel


Selected Solo Exhibitions
SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014
Continuity, Sara Japanese Pottery, New York, NY
Earth + Fire, Hillman-Jackson Gallery, Bard College at Simonís Rock, Great Barrington, MA
Tim Rowan | Place, Muroff-Kotler Visual Arts Gallery, Ulster County Community College, Stone Ridge, NY

2013              
Beyond Earth and Fire, Yufuku Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Fragments, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA
Tim Rowan, DAO Artspace Gallery, Xiían, China

2012              
New Works, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, NY

2011              
Time and Scale, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA
Artifact, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2009      
Stone Ridge Alchemy, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, NY
Outdoor Sculpture, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA

2008              
Ceramic Sculpture, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA

2007              
New Work, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, NY    
Recent Work, Trax Gallery, Berkeley, CA

2005              
Tim Rowan, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA

2001            
Inaugural Firing, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY




Selected Group Exhibitions
2016            
Prints and Pots, Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX
Influenced and Evolved, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
Contemporary Sake, Lacoste Gallery, Concord MA

2015
Human Nature, Chamber: Collection #2, New York, NY
Summer Tea, Lacoste Gallery, Concord MA
Enflamed, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York NY
A Stone's Throw, William Siegel Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Tim Rowan & Matthew Harris, Clara Scremini Gallery, Paris FRANCE
NYC Metro Show, represented by Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, NY

2014         
Classic and Contemporary, Erskine, Hall & Coe Gallery, London,UK
Vase, Vessel, Void, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Color, Line, and Form, Two-person exhibition, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA
Ruth Braunstein: Focus on Clay, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
Earthbound, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL
Praisesongs for the Numinous, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, NY
NYC Metro Show, represented by Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, NY

2004 - 2012
SOFA Chicago - represented by Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA

2013            
Harris and Rowan, Two-Person Exhibition, Erskine, Hall, & Coe Gallery, London, UK

2011
Conversations in Clay, Joan B. Mirviss Gallery, NY

2010
Generation Crossroad, Tenmaya, Okayama, Japan

2003
Abstraction in Clay, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA

2000
Architectural Ceramics, curated by Mark Shapiro, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA