Del Harrow
Artist Biography:
Del Harrow lives and works in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. He is an associate professor at Colorado State University where he teaches sculpture, digital fabrication, and ceramics. His art practice spans genres of sculpture and design, and integrates traditional manual and skill based forming processes with digital fabrication technology. Harrow has been invited to lecture widely on his own work and on the intersection of digital fabrication and craft in contemporary art and education. His work has been exhibited at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the Arizona State University Art Museum, Vox Populi Gallery, and the Museum of Fine Art in Boston. He is represented by Haw Contemporary in Kansas City, Missouri, and Harvey Meadows gallery in Aspen, Colorado. Harrow was a 2020 United States Artist Fellow.
Creative Concept:

The potter Hamada Shoji said that a good bowl should be larger on the inside than the outside. My work is an ongoing exploration of the possibility that a tactile physical form might contain an expansive interior, a generous space, a site for the imagination and the thinking of thoughts, both intimate and immense.

I'm interested in objects with interiors and also the spaces between them. Still lives, diagrams, molecules, tiling, and aggregations each demonstrate the possibility of arrangements to be both complex and organized, formal and narrative, abstract and personal.

My vocabulary of materials has been selected over time for their individual properties and for the way they perform as parts of a larger system. Aluminium for its lightness and sheen, clay for its mutability of form and colour, and wood for its warmth and flexibility. Together they allow for a kind of material syntax. I work through a combination of old media and new media, forming clay directly by hand or in tandem with digital modelling and computer-controlled machines. This way of working demands a continuous movement between the abstract and the concrete, between information and manual skill.