Blue and white bones, Sterling Ruby is all about the yellow and orange, while one artist works to ensure imperfections are center stage. This is Spotted, your go-to round-up of our favorite finds from the world of contemporary ceramic art and contemporary ceramics.
Spotted in Canton, China: Yang-Jienchang
Chinese artist Yang Jiechang combines traditional Eastern and Western modes of representation in his multimedia work. He calls the essence of this confluence “Eurasian,” saying, “Eurasia is the land I experience everyday in my life: I am from Canton, China, my wife is from Germany, our children are Eurasian. We feel this land; this disposition and lifestyle bear a lot of possibilities and power.” His monochromatic ink paintings combine the aesthetics of contemporary painting with the tools and techniques of traditional East Asian ink-and-wash artworks. In Xuanzai Ink (1992–96), Yang created a contemplative, expressive splatter of black paint over the wrinkled, textured surface of fine xuan paper and gauze, evoking the look of abstracted calligraphy and echoing the work of mid-century painters, such as Adolph Gottlieb, as well as more recent artists like Olivier Mosset. Yang also works in video, photography, and sculpture.
Text from Artsy.
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Spotted At Frieze London: Sterling Ruby
Gagosian Gallery’s huge booth sets the tone with a suite of paintings titled Helios by Sterling Ruby, a California-based artist popular with the fashion crowd. This season, it seems, is all about yellow and orange: Ruby’s paintings are so bright that standing mid-booth feels less like greeting the California dawn than being stuck inside a spacecraft hurtling toward the sun. A migraine hazard it may be, but Helios certainly gets the fair off to a colourful start.
Spotted In San Francisco: Tanya Gomez
We spotted Tanya Gomez’ latest solo show light to dark at March San Francisco.
From the artist’s personal statement:
Working in porcelain, I use a range of approaches in my throwing to create forms that capture the qualities of fluidity and movement and evoke a sense of space. My work evolves from my observations of natural phenomena, dramatic landscapes and the shifting qualities of the sea. This inspiration is drawn from my experience of coastal living, and working on private yachts travelling round the globe, encountering diverse cultures, and absorbing the abstract qualities of colour and shape while at sea.
I am fascinated by the idea of creating an overwhelming sense of something that is so overpowering that one cannot comprehend its boundaries. This sensation can be translated into a piece by following a line, and using rhythm, balance, tension or colour.Tanya Gomez
Learn more about Gomez here.
Spotted Wiesbaden, Germany: Sunbin Lim
My principal aim has always been to reproduce natural colors and lines. It is true that I have seen much beauty in nature, in the architecture of different countries and in artistry, but, at all times, I have been interested in imperfect structures and imperfect beauty. That led me towards opening the structure of my works and toward moulding rough surfaces. The objects might even appear to the viewer damaged and broken. However, I chose this construction consciously. It stands for the misery I saw in Brazil and in my homeland Korea, and it stands for the inner distraction I felt there. Therefore I have opened the objects, formed internal structures and I have cut organic, imperfect lines, roughening the surfaces so that they resemble the bark of a tree.
Text from artist’s statement.
Learn more about the artist here.
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