Perils in the Sublime

A Poetic Consideration of Ecology, Landscape and Reconstruction

Exhibition and Panel Discussion

Kim Dickey / Neil Forrest / Lauren Gallaspy / Walter McConnell / John Roloff / Claire Twomey

NCECA 2009 / Phoenix, AZ / ASU Gallery of Design / Neil Forrest & Walter McConnell in the gallery

Great Lakes
Neil Forrest / John Roloff

NCECA 2014 / Milwaukee, WI / Pritzlaff Building / Opening Night


Diderot's Garage / Mars and Beyond
OortCloudX / Neil Forrest / John Roloff


MiesMarsOort1 Video -
Traversing a virtual Mies van der Rohe, Crown Hall, sitting a floating segment of a virtual Martian island,
OortCloudX text scrolls across moon landing foot prints to signal a new chapter in our collaborative.

Neil Forrest / John Roloff

NCECA 2017 / Portland, OR / Bison Building / Space pre-installation

Two Sites with a Similar Problem

Neil Forrest / John Roloff

NCECA 2019 / Minneapolis, MN
Architecture Library / Rapson Hall / College of Design / University of Minnesota


OortCloudX (Neil Forrest / John Roloff)

NCECA 2022 / Sacramento, CA
Durango Room/ Sheraton Grand Hotel/ Sacramento, CA

Forrest / Roloff - OortCloudX Projects

OortCloudX Projects Overview .pdf

The team of Neil Forrest and John Roloff (currently as OortCloudX) have done five ceramic-centered projects to date. The first three and fifth project were concieved and developed for the 2009, 2014, 2017 and 2022 NCECA "Concurrent" exhibtion program that accepts proposals for special exhibitions, usually in "off-site" venues from the conference proper. The fourth project: Two Sites with a Similar Problem was done as "Venue Originated Exhibition." for NCECA 2019 sponsered by the Architecture Library of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Each of our projects has a site and/or thematic context with the intent of expanding our individual/collaborative horizons of ceramic expression as well as to expand the dialog within and between the ceramic and art communities about the possiblities, boundaries, definitions and questions relevant to contemporary ceramic practice.

Excerpt from NCECA 2017 Exhibiton Proposal:

John Roloff, Professor Emeritus, San Francisco Art Institute and Neil Forrest, Professor Emeritus, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Nova Scotia, Canada, have been in constant dialog about ceramics, it's cogent possibilities and relevance to contemporary art, pedagogy and life for several decades.  We have collaborated, co-curated and co-exhibited in numerous and varied venues.  Our long experience with ceramics, it's issues and the emergent nature of our discourse, we believe, provide a platform for expanding exploration of the nature of our medium and it's instrumentality.