Occupation by Ehren Tool

Space One Eleven Resident Artist February 22-24, 2016
Ehren Tool’s work will remain on exhibit at Space One Eleven through April 29, 2016
Gallery hours are 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Friday

Berkeley resident and Marine Veteran of the 1991 Gulf War, ceramic artist Ehren Tool conducted a residency at Space One Eleven, working in its gallery turned ceramics studio to share his works in progress and to encourage public conversations. By crafting ceramic cups with graphic images of soldiers or bombs, Tool hopes to inspire honest conversations about war and its implications. Tool has given away over 17,600 cups since he began making them in 2001, saying he cannot put a price on objects that represent soldiers’ lives.
Tool’s cups will be available for gallery visitors to take home at the end of the exhibition.
Tool’s 1.5 Second War Memorial, a series of clips of ceramic vessels being shot, is on view during the exhibition. Viewers choose a war to memorialize, and watch the film for 1.5 seconds for each person that was killed during that war. If a viewer wanted to watch it for everybody killed during WWII, they would have to watch the film for nearly two years.
To learn more about Ehren Tool, please see the clip from the PBS series “Craft in America” at http://www.craftinamerica.org/shorts/ehren-tool-segment/.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Performance Network’s Visual Artists Network. Major contributors are the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Pollock Krasner Foundation. Additional support comes from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, SOE’s Board of Directors, friends of Space One Eleven, corporate and individual donors and volunteers.