"Flourish," an upcoming exhibit at Genesee Pottery's Firehouse Gallery, is the handiwork of artist Joanna Poag. Poag's work doesn't consist of pottery in the functional sense — mugs, bowls, and the like — but would be more accurately described as sculpture expressed through clay and glaze. Looking at Poag's past exhibits is less like looking at art, and more like finding a skeleton of an enormous primordial creature in a hidden corner of a natural history museum. Dozens of large, textured ceramic forms become enormous abstract entities when set or hung closely together, in a style heavily reliant on negative space. The works in "Flourish," which includes Poag's more recent pieces, are linear, and many of the pieces have a knot-like intricacy that seem to defy physical logic.
"Flourish" will be on display from Friday, March 20, through April 24, in the Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery, 713 Monroe Avenue. Opening Reception is Friday, March 20, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Normal gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday; and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Free. geneseearts.org.