Welcome to Spotted, your weekly roundup of some of the best contemporary ceramic art that grabbed our collective eye over the last week. This week we’re kicking things off with the beloved Haas Brothers, who are frequently showcased on Cfile. As per their MO, the Haas Brothers couched their work at R & Company with a cheeky sex joke, titled King Dong Come (New York, November 15, 2016 — January 5, 2017). From the gallery:
The exhibition’s title honors King Dong, the largest Beast ever created by The Haas Brothers’ studio. At nine feet tall, this statuesque and Godly creature is at the center of the exhibition, living in its own sanctuary room. The concept of religion was a fundamental focus for The Haas Brothers when conceiving this exhibition, as their recent travels to South Africa to work on their Afreaks project found them exploring and embodying a new perspective on spirituality and conscious awareness. Niki Haas states “I have been thinking a lot about the context of the art world and its value to society in the 21st century, really the best analogy I can draw is the place of religion in the 19th century – the art world at a very pivotal juncture, it can pick the path of positive good or destructive self interest.”
Sculptural Ceramics by Shane Lutzk
Cargo Collective has an excellent selection of work from sculptor Shane Lutzk. I was wondering why I was drawn to the this beautiful orange and white sculpture and realized it might be because it’s precisely the color of an orange creamsicle. I miss summer.
Molly Hatch Plate Assemblages
We love Molly Hatch around the Cfile offices. We’ve been profiling her porcelain plate assemblages for years whenever we see them. We caught some of her work we hadn’t seen yet on her Artsy page and are proud to show them off here. From Molly’s bio:
Born the daughter of a painter and an organic dairy farmer, Molly was raised to be creatively industrious. Using her imagination and love of drawing to make everything from her well known idiosyncratic ceramics to quirky pen-and-ink drawings. Molly’s craft is finely honed, her designs whimsically literal and pop-culturally on-point.
Working from her home studio, Molly began making her living as a full-time studio potter in 2008. Her formal education in ceramics and drawing resulted in the development of her signature style. Making contemporary ceramics inspired by history, Molly’s career as a studio potter quickly garnered a loyal following. Molly’s designs have expanded beyond tableware to a wide range of lifestyle products and Molly is actively growing collections of home goods to bring her modern yet traditional designs to the contemporary home.
Do you love or loathe these works of contemporary ceramic art? Let us know in the comments.