Welcome back to Spotted, our weekly selection of our favorite finds from the worlds of contemporary ceramic art and contemporary ceramics. It took us long enough to get these goodies posted, but we promise you it’s worth the wait! This week we’re highlighting our favs from Frieze New York 2017 (May 4 – 7, 2017), Collective Design (New York, May 3 – 7 2017) as well as a piece from Art Cologne 2017 (April 26 – April 29)
Above image: Francesca Dimattio, Shunga, 2016, Glaze and Luster on porcelain and stoneware, enamel, epoxy, 36 × 24 × 12 inches. Offered by Salon 94
Now in its sixth year, the Frieze New York is like a small pop-up city at Randall’s Island Park with more than 200 galleries showing modern and contemporary art from 30 countries.
In the “Spotlight” section of the art fair, Yamaki Fine Art Gallery from Kobe, Japan, showcased works by the octogenarian artist Kimiyo Mishima, who is best known for her ceramic pieces, The New York Times writes.
The booth includes a wonderful mesh trash can filled with replicas of ripped-up cardboard boxes. Carefully painted with product logos and text, they are like fragmentary ceramic versions of Warhol’s “Brillo Boxes.” Also in the booth are several of Ms. Mishima’s collage-paintings from the 1960s, which include texts and images in both Japanese and English, creating a cross-cultural, East-West mash-up.
Mishima’s use of a silkscreen printing process to transfer printed materials allowed her to develop three dimensional works and installations, which resulted in hyper-realistic replicas of thrown out bottles, cans, crumpled newspapers and comics — capturing and immortalizing the state in which information becomes outdated and discarded, as stated in her artist bio.
New York-based artist Francesca DiMattio’s works weave illegible architectural forms and figures, which reference a wide range of sources, including Renaissance and Gothic architecture, classical sculpture, lace and quilt patterns and kintsugi, Artsy writes. DiMattio, who describes her work as “getting into trouble and getting out of it,” is known to amalgamate abstraction and representation without fully embracing either style.
Lee Mullican’s (1919 – 1998) experience as a topographer during World War II instilled in him an admiration for the abstract patterns inherent in natural forms and refined his drawing abilities, Artsy writes. Mullican painted in a style influenced by printmaking, forming ridges of paint and using the edge of a palette knife to achieve a line raised and puckered; the resulting surfaces caught light and cast shadows, ultimately assuming a tapestry-like quality.
It’s been a busy week in New York. Up next, we share our favorites from 5th annual Collective Design fair. Collective Design brings together creative voices from around the world in a lively, essential discourse on modern and contemporary design and art. Collective Design presents engaging conversations and educational programs to foster dialogue, encourage the exchange of ideas, and build a growing audience for collectible design and art illuminating both the creative process and the diversity of our material culture, promoting a spirit of discovery that resonates with new and seasoned collectors alike.
Linda Lopez’s furry matte and luster objects coerce observers’ desire to extend a belly rub (or two).
Collective Design teamed up with OTHR to debut an innovative collaboration “Vanguard Series.” The collaboration is aims to create unique, aesthetic and useful objects that are 3D-printed.
Read Cfile’s previous post questioning whether or not we think Barkley is the worst Australian potter. See our answer.
Italian-born Denmark-based artist Sandra Davolio’s exquisite ruffled vases blew us away. Davolio uses the vessel as her starting point in an almost futuristic remake with its familiar shape onto which closely placed lamellas constitute the exterior form.
Robert Lugo was named one of Artsy’s top 20 artists changing the field, and we agree. Lugo cleverly utilizes his modality as a megaphone to convey calls to action.
Read Cfile’s writings musings on Lugo.
New York designer Fernando Mastrangelo debuted a set of furniture and wall-mountable pieces at Collective Design.
Dezeen writes Mastrangelo’s work was one of the best furniture installations at the fair.
His two collections at Collective come in an arctic palette. They are aptly named Ghost and Thaw – a departure from the pastel hues of his previous collections. However they are made using a similar processing of layering various granular materials and setting them with resin.
Jay Kvapil employs numerous layers of glaze often firing his work multiple times to achieve his dynamic and highly articulated forms, Ceramic Arts Daily writes.
In his most recent work, his luxuriant use of glazes creates objects that are charged, expressive, and dramatic. Although the color is complexly nuanced, many of his objects at first appear to be monochromatic. There’s the illusion of a single, intense color but what’s actually present is a series of close chromatic values changing subtly across a surface.
And last, but certainly not least, we have a stunning ceramic work from Eduardo Chillida from an exhibition during Art Cologne 2017 (April 26 – 29, 2017) with a few of our favorite selections independent from art fairs.
Artist Eduardo Chillida’s (1924 – 2002) work focused on the metamorphosis of space and the definition of spatial volume through form, according to his Guggenheim Museum artist bio.
Edmund de Waal
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