Bean Finneran works with one simple elemental form, a hand rolled curve of clay, repeated and grouped into primary geometric constructions. The clay is a connection to time, to the earth and to human culture. The curve is a meditation on multiplicity in nature like individual blades of grass in a field.
Following rhythms of renewal and transformation in nature the composition of the sculptures is transitory. Each one of a thousand individual curves is physically independent from the next so that when a sculpture is moved it must be disassembed and then reconstructed curve-by-curve. The curves are reinterpreted every time a sculpture is assembled; ever similar and always unique. The process of creating the sculptures has no beginning or end.
University of Michigan
Museum School, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, MA
Massachusetts College of Art
Installation, ARTour2011, Musee Royal de Mariemont, Belgium
"Incidence and Pattern," PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
XXe Biennale Internationale de Ceramique Contemporaine de Vallauris, France
"REALMS," The Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
"New Work," Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL
"CYCLE," Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
"Meander," University of Oklahoma, Stillwater, OK
"Shift," PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
"Installations," Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY
"Topologies," Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Gail Severn Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK (installation)
Up/Down/Around, Gallery 555 with the Oakland Museum of California at City Center, Oakland, CA
"Slow Time / Play Time," The Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA
"Structures," John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
"Arcs in Time," Montalvo Gallery, Saratoga, CA
"Curves," PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
"Random Encounters," 20,000 piece installation, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
"Yellow," Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"Bean Finneran: Recurrence," Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
"New Work," Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The 2nd Annual International Art Exposition, San Francisco, CA
Installation, Davis Art Center, Davis, CA
"Introductions," Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"Excessive Obsession," Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
"Introductions: Where They Are Now," Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"Prospection & Perspective," P1, Galerie Favardin & de Verneuil, Paris, France
"Three Decades of Sculpture, Performance & Photography," two person show with Alan Finneran, Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"Holiday Special: Gallery Group Show," Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT
"Coming Attractions: Gallery Group Show," Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Mendhall Sobieski Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Multiplicity: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture,” Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, University of Texas, El Paso, TX (traveling)
“Arts Botanica,” Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, IL
Gail Severn Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
“Tales from the Kiln,” San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
“NEXT,” PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
“Jerry Bennett and Bean Finneran: Pushing the Limits,” John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
3rd World Ceramics Bienniale, World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Icheon City, Korea
“From Tiles to Totems: A Century of Northern California Ceramics,” Art Foundry, Sacramento, CA
"Today’s Voice: Exploring Alternative Applications," Neuhoff Gallery, New York, NY
"Ceramics," San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
“Subtraction & Addition: Ceramic Sculpture and Installations,” Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, CA
“Critical Mass,” Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
“Black & White,” Linda Ross Contemporary, Detroit, MI
Pucini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, WA
Susan Street Fine Arts Gallery, Solano Beach, CA
“Chaos/Control,” Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL
Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
"Summer Group Show," PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
“A Rare Glimpse: Modern American Art from Private Napa Valley Collections,” Napa Valley Museum, Napa, CA
“Branch Out,” Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
“Small Works,” Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
"The Character of Clay, 2 person show with Jun Kaneko," Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
“Conceptual Color,” Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, CA
Scripps 58th Ceramic Annual, Scripps College, Claremont, CA
"New Space, New Work," Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"Conceptual Color," San Francisco State University Gallery, San Francisco, CA
PDX Gallery, Portland, OR
Landscape as Memory, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
SOFA, Chicago, IL
Ceramics Annual, John Natsoulis Gallery, Davis, CA
ARTSHOW 1, Microsoft Art Collection, Seattle, WA
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
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“Shift, Bean Finneran,” Port, March 1, 2006
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