BOCA RATON, Florida—Anne Marie Laureys will be appearing as part of a ceramics conference November 11 in conjunction with groundbreaking exhibition Regarding George Ohr: Contemporary Ceramics In the Spirit of the Mad Potter (November 7, 2017 – April 8, 2018).
Hosted by Florida Atlantic University and Boca Raton Museum of Art, Laureys is among several leading national and international ceramic artists and including King Houndekpinkou, Mindy Solomon and major George Ohr collectors Marty and Estelle Shack, invited by guest curator Garth Clark with Mark Del Vecchio to present, field questions and discuss the iconoclastic Ohr’s work within a contemporary context.
Like the Mad Potter of Biloxi, few artists have radicalized vessel form like Anne Marie Laureys. Her pieces have a spontaneous, unplanned quality, but in reality she takes her time to find the shape of each vessel, remolding and refolding the clay over and over again—they are pure form. And, again like Ohr’s “babies,” no two works are alike, each is an individual soul.
They also speak strongly of mutation, organisms with multiple bladders that has been required to alter shape gain and again to conform with impulses that are both forceful and organic. Her voluptuous clay volumes manifest into a syntactical gestalt with their balloon-like likeness.
Furthermore, like Ohr’s later works, Laureys’ sensuous vessels are void of any glaze or color—again, remaining in their purest form. Through her works, Laureys says she enjoys the innate tactile and kinesthetic investigation of the medium.
“I like my ceramics to have a sense of excitement and a freshness, and they must be tactile. Making is exploring the physical law of my material—clay. It is a celebration of a tense moment of meeting to create spacious, fine, delicate forms that reveal the speed, fluency and ultra plasticity of clay.”
Laureys’ vessels will be on exhibition as part of Regarding George Ohr, which brings together 24 unique, major works by the studio potter along with objects by 16 international contemporary artists from five continents working along the same avant-garde vein. Selected artists include Glenn Barkley, Kathy Butterly, Nicole Cherubini, Balbak Golkar, the Haas Brothers, King Houndekpinkou, Takuro Kuwata, Gareth Mason, Ron Nagle, Gustavo Pérez, Ken Price, Brian Rochefort, Sterling Ruby, Arlene Shecht, Peter Voulkos, Jesse Wine and Betty Woodman.
About the artist: Anne Marie Laureys (Belgian, born 1962) studied at the Higher Institute of Arts St Lucas, Ghent. Her work can be found in private collections internationally and are included in the official collections of the Province of Hainaut, Belgium, The Taipei county Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan, The arts and Crafts Museum of Shanghai, China and the Keramikmuseum, Westerwald, Germany. She lives and works in Belgium.
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Text (edited) from Garth Clark and Anne Marie Laureys.
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