Welcome to NewsFile, our round-up of newsy tidbits and happenings from the world of contemporary ceramic art and contemporary ceramics. This week we begin with a solemn exhibition by Adam Silverman and then we shine some light on a mega sparkly upcoming exhibition.
Adam Silverman’s ‘Ghosts’
14 abstract ceramic “ghosts’ traverse a wooden plank; these “old souls” cross through a threshold, but what one can’t discern is whether they’re heading toward or away from this portal.
All of the pots in Los Angeles-based artist Adam Silverman’s Ghosts exhibition at Cherry and Martin (Culver City, November 11, 2017 – January 24, 2018) begin on the wheel, where the wet clay is forced upward and outward as it begins to embody its amorphic form, the gallery writes.
It is at this point that Silverman’s pots take on their individual lives, both through the materials that make them and the action of his shaping hand. Silverman pulls the pots upward; he also punches and pushes the clay from within the sphere to alter its interior space and corresponding exterior form. Silverman then layers the surface of his pots with additional clays and glazes, building up their texture and changing their contours through multiple kiln firings.
David Pagel from the Los Angeles Times writes if a meteorite and a medicine ball mated, their offspring might resemble these sculptures, whose gnarly beauty inspires complex emotions and evokes multilayered associations.
From a distance, their silhouettes stand out: rough and tumble contours that bespeak the bumps and bruises accumulated on rides through life. Hell-and-back resilience — or through-the-wringer elegance — takes solid shape in Silverman’s stoneware sculptures.
From up close, their wildly variegated surfaces come into focus: vigorously worked landscapes whose nooks and crannies bear the traces of various actions.
Read the rest of the LA Times article here.
Clément Massier’s Rich Iridescent Pots
Opening December 14 at Jason Jacques Gallery (New York, December 14, 2017 – January 27, 2018), All That Glitters combines the talents of contemporary designer William Ehrlich and Art Nouveau ceramist Clément Massier. The exhibition showcases Ehrlich’s one-of-a-kind jewelry designs in composition with- and relationship to Massier’s rich Hispano-Moresque-inspired iridescent vessels.
“The work of Ehrlich and Massier transcend conventional definitions of design, form, and ornamentation. Bill’s incomparable jewelry has pride of place beside the iridescent, timeless beauty of the major ceramist Clément Massier, in a jewel box exhibition staged 100 years after Massier’s death.” -Jason T. Busch, director of Jason Jacques Gallery.
Learn more here.
Jürgen Klauke’s Hintergrundrauschen
Galerie Thomas Zander presented its first solo exhibition of photographic works by Jürgen Klauke. Klauke is a pioneer of conceptual, staged photography and has been a formative influence on its strategies of performance and body art since the early 1970s. He often puts his body at the center of his formally composed tableaus and sequences, using it as subject and vessel to test the boundaries between life and art, to challenge conventional social roles and gender identities.
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