And it is going to be a stunner! The auction, which previews on May 15 (Garth’s 72nd birthday) and closes May 25, features an amazing group of work, donated for this event, by Ken Price, Matt Wedel, Tony Marsh, James Marshall, Aneta Regel, Anne-Marie Laureys, Keiko Fukazawa and others. See the full list of artists next week.
Featured image: Flower tree, porcelain, 2018, LSU Museum, Baton Rouge, LA, 12 x 16.5 x 16.5 in.
To further honor Garth the Honorary Committee formed for this event has been donated so that ALL the auction costs are covered and the sales of art with be 100% free and clear. The response has been wonderful! You can join by donating and clicking on the button below of sending a check to Cfile Foundation, 223 N Guadalupe #274, Santa Fe, NM 87501.
The work above (Flower tree, porcelain, 2018, 12 x 16.5 x 16.5 in.) is by Matt Wedel and is one of the gems of the auction as painterly as it is sculptural. Having grown up around his father’s pottery studio, ceramic artist Matt Wedel has long understood and respected both the intrinsic properties of the material and the element of chance that accompanies the process of firing and glazing the clay. Stepping away from the notion of ceramics as a functional craft, Wedel’s art enters the realm of mythological creation stories. Intent on recreating the world from mud or clay, he intricately models vegetation, minerals, and animals—all of which, while familiar, suggest they have roots in the unknown. His works are complex yet fluid with simple but commanding saturated color. Recognizing that “there is baggage with being a medium-specific ceramic artist today,” Wedel states his art strives to “explore the medium and expand on [its] history.”
About Wedel: Born 1983 Palisade, Co, the artist currently lives and works in Athens, Ohio. Wedel received his MFA in 2007 from California State University at Long Beach and his BFA in 2005 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Wedel has shown work in group and solo exhibitions throughout the USA, as well as Canada, the UK, and Switzerland since 2006. Works by the artist are included in public collections including: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Community Hospital, Pediatric Wing, Grand Junction, CO; Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA; Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.