Thursday, March 27, 2014

10 artists at NCECA

Last week NCECA was here in Milwaukee. It was great to see old friends, meet new ones, and hear some fabulous lectures. It was also especially exciting to have so many Milwaukee galleries and exhibitions showing outstanding ceramic work!

There was so much to see, and I know I only caught a glimpse of all the work that was on display. From what I did see, I've made a list of 10 artists whose work really stood out to me.


Zimar Beiner:
I love the structured chaos in his drawings as well as the interactions between billowing blobs and networks of angular forms within his sculpture.

Zimar Beiner
Untitled
2011
pen and ink, and gouache on paper
15" x 25"
image courtesy of artist



Zimra Beiner
Legs, Canes, and Scaffolding (yellow and white)

2013
 glazed earthenware
 4' x 21" x 29"

image courtesy of artist


Christopher Dufala:
What fabulous, detailed 2-D imagery he makes on the 3-D surface! The hands
seem to have a life of their own and we get to see a static moment of them in action.

Christopher Dufala
The Last
2014
ceramic, underglaze, glaze, stain, rope
108" x 64" x 4"
image courtesy of artist

Christopher Dufala
The Last
2014
ceramic, underglaze, glaze, stain, rope
(detail)
image courtesy of artist


This is the kind of soft minimalism I love. It's not clinically minimal. Instead, it seems to be minimal in order to focus the artist's and the viewer's attention on the nature of the figure.

Mel Griffin
Lonely Wolf
2013
earthenware
18" x 13.5"

image courtesy of artist

Mel Griffin
Porking Springbok
2013
earthenware
18" x 13.5"

image courtesy of artist


Y'all should know by now that I like Linda's work (I included her image in my post about aesthetics (Second Day Noodle: Aesthetics. Art. Therapy)). The work is approachable and intriguing. There is always something to look at without ever feeling overwhelmed.


Linda Lopez
Untitled (studio still 1)
2013

ceramic, ink on paper, wood
image courtesy of artist

Linda Lopez
For them it's the same, but not the sun
2013
ceramic, fabric, string, ink and gouache on paper, wood

image courtesy of artist


Lindsay Pichaske:
I've enjoyed keeping up with Lindsay's amazing sculptures, but it was also really nice to see some of her hair drawings again.

Lindsay Pichaske
Where You End and I Begin
2012
low-fire ceramic, rooster feathers, flocking, paint, adhesive30" x 20" x 10"
photo by Rob MacInnis courtesy of Archie Bray Foundation

Lindsay Pichaske
2014
cloth, human hair
image courtesy of artist


Joanna Powell:
I love how Joanna pushes the use of a pot as she presents it in relation to other objects, paintings, and space. It still remains a functional vessel, but it is just as equally an autonomous sculpture.

Joanna Powell
Sugarbaby Take Him these Ants are Gonna Sting Me Sure as the World
2014
acrylic,watercolor
66.5" x 30"

image courtesy of artist

Joanna Powell
Urn

2012
terra cotta, slip, glaze
20" x 9" x 9"
image courtesy of artist


Martha Russo and Katie Caron:
Martha stayed with Xi and I during the conference. Her and Katie Carron's piece Oxytocin at the Pritzlaff Building was almost as wonderful as she is!

Martha Russo, Katie Caron
Apoptosis
2010-2011

paper clay , glaze materials, colored pigments, metals, silicone, LED lights, compact fluorescent lights, electrical cables, wires, conductors, utility poles, Abaca paper, beeswax
installation space: 30' height x 18' width x 14' length
image courtesy of artist

Martha Russo, Katie Caron
Swell
2012
Abaca paper, silicone, weather balloon, LED lights, compact fluorescent lights, Mylar, animation projection

installation space: 15' height x 10' width x 21' length
image courtesy of artist


Paul Sacaridiz:
When I first saw Paul's work many years ago it that helped moved me beyond the borders of what I thought ceramic art was or should be, and opened up my awareness of what it could be. 

Paul Sacaridiz
Ornamentropolis
2008
image courtesy of artist

Paul Sacaridiz
Ornamentropolis
2008
image courtesy of artist


Lisa Selby
Her sculpture and video work up at INOVA totally captivated me! Not only do the pieces look pure and dignified, they are also subtly interactive. You should really go listen to the pots!

Lisa Selby
To muse and brood
2011
unfired semi-porcelain, mixed media
145 x 125 x 25cm

image courtesy of artist

Lisa Selby
To muse and brood
2011
unfired semi-porcelain, mixed media
(detail)

image courtesy of artist


Mallory Wetherell:
It's awsome how Mallory takes a 3-D form and the 2-D technique of drawing to really make her images palpitate with life.

Mallory Wetherell
Self Filter
2011
stoneware, underglaze, drawing on wood
image courtesy of artist

Mallory Wetherell
Always Present
2010
clay, underglaze, mixed media.
4' 6" Tall.  Other Dimensions Vary
image courtesy of artist

If there were artists whose work really stood out to you please share!

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