Burlington City Arts


January 22, 2016 - April 9, 2016

Clay objects are often associated with particular utilitarian and domestic purposes.

The long lasting association of ceramics with functionality engrains a tension

between craft and fine art. Dysfunction challenged this tension by asserting that

functionality might depend upon context rather than an absolute and fixed purpose.


Beginning with the exhibition’s title, a playful pun, Dysfunction presented artwork

varying from beautiful and precious to surreal and grotesque in an effort to initiate

a dialogue about our own assumptions concerning ceramics.


The crux of Dysfunction lay in the human tendency to categorize, organize, and

separate. Often, the language we use to understand and assess our experiences,

emotions, and objects narrow our ability to imagine larger possibilities for what

something (or someone) can be. Together, these ten artists represented a microcosm

of a larger artistic zeitgeist focused on questioning the social, political, and

economic forces that determine “proper function.”


EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Shae Bishop, Charlie Cunningham, Bech Evans, Leslie Fry,

Margaret Kinkeade, Julia Kunin, Roberto Lugo, Brooks Oliver, Jessica Putnam-Phillips,

and Christopher Vaughn



Thursday, February 18th: Tea Gathering with Bech Evans

Thursday, March 10th: Tea Gathering with Bech Evans

Thursday, March 24th: Dinner Gathering with Bech Evans


This exhibition is sponsored by Hotel Vermont.


Funded in part by a grant from the Vermont Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.


Farrell Distributing, Harpoon Brewery, Fluid Bar Service and Misery Loves Co. are proud sponsors of BCA Center exhibitions and events.