Tuesday, April 5, 2011

"Skin" @ Artful Living/Rob Davidson Fine Arts

Daniel L. Bare, "Re/Claim Series, (Swan Dive)"

See more of Daniel's work here: [Link]
Artful Living Hosted an NCECA show, "Skin", curated by Craig Clifford, showing works by: Peter Morgan, David Smith, Debbie Kupinsky, Craig Clifford, Merrie Wright, Myung Jin Kim, Dan Bare, Valerie Zimany, Blair Clemo and Jason Briggs.

This is "Burble", by Valerie Zimany. Handbuilt and slipcast porcelain, high and low fire glazes and silkscreened decals. There's faces near the bottom of each of the panels. Those shell-like round forms (burbles?) are like thought bubbles or something emanating from the figures. The panels look a little like artists' palettes. Valerie's site: [Link]
Merrie Wright, "Grisaille With Ochre: Squirrel"

Merrie Wright's pert, gray squirrel with yellow and white staggered chevrons on its flanks and tail seemed formally self-deconstructing. Merrie's site: [Link]

 This hyperreal Muskie by Peter Morgan and its companion cutthroat trout have that otherworldly strangely noble look their natural counterparts have, with more than a little of the formal hyperbole of a fishing lure. More here: [Link

Below is "Riley Rabbit" by Merrie Wright. I've noticed more than a few rabbits (and other animals) in ceramic art lately. This one is striped with colors, looking almost gift-wrapped, as is the base it stands on.

On the left is "Peach", by Jason Briggs. This is one of his grotesque Venuses. I saw another one recently at MSG, similar, but lying down, horizontally on a stainless steel bed and red lace of the same color as this cushion. It was sold by the time I got there. More here: [Link]

On the right is Craig Clifford's "Stacked", two sizes of earthenware cups and gravy boats (as seen on top) in layers. It looks like a formal progression, but it's the recurring colors that give this work cohesion and strength. More here: [Link]

Debbie Kupinsky, "Supplicant". A kneeling figure on a base of small-scale domestic symbols hands together in supplication, asking for something. Over the figure's heart, notice the holes that would be found in an old handset telephone. Is its heart listening, wanting to be heard, or both. See more here: [Link]
Myung-Jin Kim, "Still Life, Spilled"

A surreal tableaux (with another rabbit!). Note the cup on its side, its content (life?) spilled.More of Myung's work can be seen here: [Link]

Thanks to Rob Davidson for hosting this NCECA show.

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