You haven’t heard from the library in a while, and well, we hibernated in the spring and summer. Now we are back and FREE to all. You can expect minimum 3 beautiful new catalogs, books, or lectures every month chock full of images and critical writing.
Below are 4 new catalogs that we added to cfile.library this week. Get them while they are HOTT. Now you can be the ceramics know-it-all in your friends group for FREE.
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Major Progression: Nao Matsunaga in the Studio
Farnham: England: Crafts Study Centre,
A star writes about a star. In this 4 pager, Glenn Adamson writes about the genius of mixed media artist Nao Matsunaga whose work unfolds like Jazz.
“So much of what I want is already there in the material,” he says, “and if I touch it, it gets lost.”
Currently Matsunaga’s work centers around a “mask” wall hanging form inspired by Chinese bronzes and African wood carvings: “One could read them as faces,” writes Adamson, but only in the sense that one might find a face in a mountainside or a cloud. Matsunaga likes this quality in abstraction––’our human eye’s ability to see anything in it’––and has a deep appreciation for its pervasiveness.”
de Wagt, Wim
New York City: Hostler | Burrows,
Babs Haenen gives equal importance to the exterior and the interior of her pots, both are sculpted and painted. This catalog accompanies Haenen’s 2018 exhibition at Hostler Burrows of her Mountain Series. Some could be called pots, others not so, but all recall a hybrid of geography, cloud, falling water, and derma. This catalog includes essays by Juliet Hostler and Wim de Wagt, and a poem by Maria Barnas.
“Inspiration for the Mountain Series came in large part from the mythical mountains of China and the tradition of scholar’s rock,” writes curator Juliet Burrows. “Haenen presented these vessels in the same manner as the studied stones––slightly elevated, to be considered and meditated upon.”
David Hicks: Field Language
Los Angeles: Edward Cella Art + Architecture,
Edward Cella Art + Architecture presents the catalog accompaniment to Field Language, a solo exhibition of the ceramic wall sculptures and charcoal ‘Library Drawings’ of David Hicks. The ceramic sculptures were made by weaving together objects of organic, vegetable-like nature into one intricately made assemblage. His charcoal and paper drawings are flora and rotten produce inspired by growing up and working on a farm.
“Empathetic of these organic yet systematic forms, Hicks sees in these the opposition of natural process of agricultural cycles. The industrial and the heirloom. Cycles that feel allegorical and autobiographical, referencing the human struggle which starts with fertilization, moves through growth, and finally ends in decay. Hicks says, ‘this process is raw and connected to my understanding of self.”‘
Sans les Mains
Limoges, France: Fondation Bernardaud,
Currently on view at Fondation Bernardaud in Limoges, Sans les Mains, which directly translates to “Without hands.” This exhibition recognizes 3D printing as the next chapter in ceramics’ 25,000 year history. Including artists such as Del Harrow, Bryan Czibesz, Dylan Beck, Toshiya Masuda, and Chris Wight. Fondation Bernardaud graciously includes a Glossary for us luddites who do not know the difference between 3D printing and Artificial Intelligence and Open Source!
“In different ways, the artists are exploring, appropriating, and using these new technologies, allowing them new creative freedom, and generating a new craft lexicon.” ––Michael Eden, Curator.