DIRECTIONS: Sergei Isupov


April 28–July 22, 2018
Ferrin Contemporary
1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA

Saturday April 28, 4-6 pm

Ferrin Contemporary presents DIRECTIONS: Sergei Isupov, the first exhibition in a series in which the gallery will shine focus on artists whose recent work captures a transitional moment in their creative process. The DIRECTIONS series shows results from technical experimentation and explores the development of new installation concepts.

First to be presented is work by Sergei Isupov, whose sculpture titled Directions, inspired the series. A larger-than-life, authoritarian figure, the sculpture points towards a group of the artist’s smaller porcelain works which explore a range of ideas leading in new directions. Isupov, an established sculptor based in Cummington, MA, and Tallinn, Estonia, is world known for his surrealistic, figure-ground personal narratives which simultaneously integrate painted imagery and dimensional surfaces.


At the opening reception on April 28, from 4–6 p.m., the artist will demonstrate his figure-ground painting technique and discuss the new directions explored in his recent works. This public event takes place during the Spring Building 13 Open House on the MASS MoCA campus and is part of ArtWeek, a statewide program highlighting the importance of supporting the arts in Massachusetts. ArtWeek takes place April 27–May 6.

DIRECTIONS: Sergei Isupov will be open to the public April 28—July 22 at Ferrin Contemporary. The gallery is open during May–June, Thursday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., by appointment, and extended hours during Memorial Day Weekend. July–August, open daily 11 a.m.–5 p.m.


Sergei Isupov, (born 1963 Stravapole, Russia) currently resides in Cummington, MA, USA and Tallinn, Estonia.  His work is widely collected in public institutions and exhibited internationally. Hidden Messages, a 20-year career survey was presented at the Erie Art Museum in 2017.

Isupov graduated from the Art Institute of Tallinn, Estonia in 1990 with a BA/MFA in Ceramics and immigrated to the USA in 1994. Isupov has a long international resume with work in numerous public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Norwegian Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum of Arts and Design, N.Y., Racine Art Museum, Wisc., and Museum of Fine Arts Boston. In 2001 Isupov was awarded the Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award.  His work is featured in numerous books, catalogs and magazines including Postmodern Ceramics, Sex Pots: Eroticsm in Ceramics, The Ceramic Surface; Shy Boy, She Devil, and Isis: The Art of Conceptual Craft; Confrontational Ceramics.  Recent residencies include Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Mont., The International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary and Guldagergaard, International Ceramic Research Center, Skælskør, Denmark.

In conjunction with ARTWEEK in Massachusetts
April 27–May 6, 2018