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.