Welcome to Spotted, our weekly top favorites finds from the world of contemporary ceramic art and contemporary ceramics. In this edition, we begin with a series of “destruction” artworks and some leaky plumbing.
Some works contain subtle shifts and cracks that reveal their portraits, while other sculptures expose more fully-formed figures pushing through the tiles. In his pieces with distinct three dimensional figures, the bodies are cloaked in an anonymizing layer of white “fabric” that erases their faces and blends in with the white tiles.
We Spotted these selection from American artist Steven Montgomery’s “Container Spills, Petro Antiquities” range. Known for alternative approaches to mixed media ceramic construction, his oil painted ceramic surface treatments that have been a signature of his work throughout his career, his artist bio states.
We Spotted these Finders Keepers exhibition (August 9, 2017 – November 2, 2018) at Het Nieuwe Instituut (The New Institute) museum in Rotterdam features a vast landscape of everyday items collected and amassed by artists like Peter Marigold, Louise Harpman, Herman de Vries and Jason Denham arranged against grey platforms in the museum’s large hall.
We are surrounded by objects. We design them, make them, buy them, use them and then forget about them or resell them. And a remarkable number of people also seem to collect them: knives, carpet beaters, roofing tiles, pencils, even staircases.
As the curators of the exhibition Finders Keepers, the editors of the design and crafts magazine MacGuffin reveal the universe of the collector, bringing together objects from dozens of collections and exploring the collectors’ strategies, the aesthetic pleasure of collecting and the hidden life of things. ––Curators Kirsten Algera and Ernst van der Hoeven
Read more at DesignBoom here.
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