From Face Jars to the Fractured Fairy Tales, and all that is being done on clay materials. Below is a list of trends in contemporary ceramic art, ranging from porcelain items spread across global trade routes to clay adorned with different hair and shades.
The story of Face Vessels and how they came to the United States at the same time brought both attractiveness and destruction, because it represented the cultural interference of Kongo with Middle Passage and American art. While some may be more open to publicizing their source, ceramic works are often hidden or forgotten by Dan McCarthy, William J. O’Brien, and Jeffrey Mitchell.
Creation / Destruction
Smooth, crumpled, or collapsed, these ceramic works were created by crushing the traditional form. The Robert Chamberlain jars were created with a creative combination of baking equipment with domestic appliances. The works of Ulrika Strömbäck and Kathy Butterly point out the boundary between creativity and destruction brings a very magical effect.
Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
The works of Patrick Purcell and Yeesookyung are flashy, ostentatious, and a lot of techniques you won’t be able to see anywhere besides the Mad Hatter tea parties. In particular, Arlene Shechet cooperated with the famous Meissen porcelain factories in Dresden, to unite nobility and elegance with absurdity and a burning energy. Like Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland, these works contain a bit more insanity and danger but still carry the vanitas tradition of Jessica Stoller and Mounir Fatmi. They were included in the Museum of Art and Design at an exhibition entitled “Body & Soul: New International Ceramics“.
Simultaneously presenting roughness and sophistication, spontaneous and deliberate, these ceramics use colors and textures to represent themes around gender and race. The works of artists Beverly Semmes, Lynda Benglis and Polly Apfelbaum have a free, funny and sensual structure, but they also come with political views and perspectives.
Work that Body
Whether glossy and bloody like Jessica Harrison’s sculpture or rough and sprayed like Ellen Lesperance, these works use the structures of pottery to push the human form from tangible to transcendent. In Giacometti’s long tradition, artists manipulate, distort, and stretch the frame to transform the defaulted data into what is imaginative, engaging, and often infuriating. pain.
With works combining simplicity and scaryness like nightmares, but always surreal, Miwa Ryosaku and Klara Kristalova brought to the dark side of fairy tales. Using both the Goose Girl and popular fables (Cinderella) as inspiration, these artists turn from Disney stories to the haunting originals of the Brothers Grimm.
Life’s A Beach
Allison Schulnik and Simone Leigh returned to nature to inspire their work, especially the beach, cleverly combining everything from many textures, from painting to conch shells to creating sleek silhouette for money snail shell. This trend is strongly environmental, described by Lisa Sanditz’s cactus pottery that cracks and crumbles under the unnatural pressure of commercial interests.
The Ol ’Blue and White
Ceramic works created by artists including Chu Teh-Chun and Ann Agee are quite similar to the classic blue and white ceramics that were developed in Asia in the 14th century and are present all over the world. as an extremely expensive item on global trade routes. Young artists Jesse Small and Raed Yassin have reused white and blue patterns for a contemporary trend; Small’s Triton Ghost # 1 recalls the origins of commercial ceramics as well as Mrs. Pac Man’s.