At Design Miami/ 2018, Pierre Marie Giraud highlights a selection of artworks by Laura De Santillana, Jos Devriendt, Takuro Kuwata, Jihe Murase, Ron Nagle, Barbara Nanning and Sterling Ruby, with a common trait: gold.
Featured image: Jos Devriendt Night and Day 151, 2018, Stoneware, gold enamel; 11 x 8 x 14 cm / 4.3 x 3.1 x 5.5 inches
In Gold in Clay + Sand, the selected artworks demonstrate a vision of gold that goes beyond luxury, greed and power. Encompassing a wide range of techniques, each artist’s use of gold in all its fascinating versatility integrates these artists in the history of their medium.
In the hands of Kuwata, gold celebrates the fragility of the clay. His cracked tea bowls covered in a gold lustre embody a radical take on Kintsugi, the art of mending broken ceramics with gold. Kuwata reveals his strong connection with traditional techniques of Japanese ceramics.
Jos Devriendt covers his lamps in gold from the foot to the lampshade. His insatiable fascination for plays of lights finds in the shine and glow of gold a new field to explore. He does so in a series of lamps with sleek surfaces and controlled curves.
Laura de Santillana and Barbara Nanning are both combining glass and gold leaves in their artworks. In Nanning’s pieces gold is applied on the surface. She glides and polishes the inner part of thick hand-blown vessels, creating the illusion of a container full of liquid metal.
De Santillana fuses the gold leaves in glass. In small touches like brushstrokes the gold makes visible the transparent glass and its contours.
Ron Nagle and Sterling Ruby carry on a tradition of American ceramicists-artists through their use of experimental techniques and their taste for shiny glazes and glimmering lustre. In Nagel’s pieces the small gold elements embed the scarcity of gold nuggets. On the other hand, the glimmering Hearts and Clubs of Ruby make of the latter a contemporary Midas.
Text (edited) from gallery.