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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 - Tall Geometric Sculpture Tim Rowan - Monolith
Tim Rowan - Curved Form with Red Tim Rowan - Vessel #31 w/White Marks, View 1 Tim Rowan - Vessel #31 w/White Marks, View 3
Tim Rowan - Small Sculpture Tim Rowan - Tall Stepped Vessel Ash Drip Tim Rowan - Tall Stepped Vessel Ash Drip, View 2
Tim Rowan - Triangle Vase Tall Tim Rowan - Triangle Vases Tim Rowan - Triangle Vases
Tim Rowan - Rectangular Black Chawan Tim Rowan - Angled Vessel with Protrusion, Medium Tim Rowan - Angled Vessel w/Protrusion LG
Tim Rowan - Teabowl #35 Greys/Greens Tim Rowan - Tea Bowl Tim Rowan - Pair of Black Teabowls, Small
Tim Rowan - Teabowl, Scallop w/Ash v1 Tim Rowan - Teabowl, Scallop w/Ash v2 Tim Rowan - Teabowl, Scallop w/Ash v3
Tim Rowan - Pouring Vessel w/ Blue Tim Rowan - Teabowl, Triangle w/Green and Grey, v2 Tim Rowan - Teabowl, Triangle w/Green and Grey, v1
Tim Rowan - Sake Cup, Red Interior Tim Rowan - Sake Cup, White/Red w/Feet 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 - #12296
Tim Rowan - #12295 Tim Rowan - #11A96 Tim Rowan - #11A95
Tim Rowan - Trough #12295 Tim Rowan - Curved Fragment #121 Tim Rowan - Carved Square #12255
Tim Rowan - Sculpted Form #11A91 Tim Rowan - Tall column with Black Tim Rowan - Arc w/White Flecks
Tim Rowan - Angled Arc w/Cut Tim Rowan - Arc w/White Flecks, view 2

Selected Solo Exhibitions

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

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

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

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

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

Ceramic Sculpture, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA

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

Tim Rowan, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA

Inaugural Firing, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

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

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

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

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

Conversations in Clay, Joan B. Mirviss Gallery, NY

Generation Crossroad, Tenmaya, Okayama, Japan

Abstraction in Clay, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA

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