Welcome back to Spotted, our top favorite finds list from the world of contemporary ceramic art and contemporary ceramics. We haven’t posted a Spotted in a long time, so why not cheekily celebrate with a “Not Clay, but…” edition of Spotted. Let’s begin by wetting your taste buds with Athos Burez‘ visually stunning reimagining of Baroque style.
Ok, so these are not quite ceramic in medium, but rather dramatic photographs from Athos Burez‘ exhibition Baroque Burez on display at Museum aan de Stroom (MAS Antwerp), which marries familiar images with the Baroque approach to light and drama yielding a surreal effect.
Through these images, the museum writes, a completely new and unique Baroque image culture arises.
With 80 images and installations, [Burez] shares his own unique and contemporary view on different genres from the style period: still lifes, portraits, landscapes and interiors.
You can read more and see more images here.
Not Clay, but not quite inscribed solids either. Get a look at these brass and aluminum wire vessels inscribed within cuboids from Cooperativa Panorámica. For the group’s CASTILLOS series, the designers explain they strived to reinterpret the ethos of the Mexican fiesta using the “toritos” and “castillos” as their starting point.
The exercise resulted in a series of sculptural pieces inspired by the construction of these structures, exploring the negative space and incorporating the metal, instead of bamboo and hemp, the original materials.
By contrasting concepts such as the ephemeral and the imperishable, the useful and the non functional, the void and the matter, they create new readings and approaches to the discipline of design as well as to a centenary practice in the country.
Learn more about Cooperativa Panorámica here.
Brazilian artist Adriana Varejão creates painted facsimiles of ceramic environments like her sauna and bath series to seemingly crackling clay in her monochromo series. As one of Brazil’s most renowned living artists, Varejão was commissioned to produce a mural covering the facade of the Centro Aquático for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
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