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Showing posts from May, 2015

David Ray: Trickster

Anna Pappas Gallery
7 April - 9 May 2015

Exciting solo exhibition by David Ray at his new gallery-home Anna Pappas.
Ray continues to play loosey-goosey with his construction technique this time using torn clay pieces.
This construction give the work a light touch and dynamic energy that would make Duchamp & Boccioni proud.
Trickster also includes his familiar vessel works, loaded with decal and hand painted details.

A sense of fragility and slap-dash nonchalance plays out among this fantastic new collection of ceramic sculptures by David Ray. His urns, vessels and figures draw upon traditional, finely honed techniques and skill sets, only to subvert and generally screw around with form. His figures are wonderfully deft and sophisticated in their sense of proportion and gesture, yet their details and construction – shavings, flakes and blobs of earthenware – are unlikely in their messiness. Some of the vessels utilise found objects and decals, while other bask in …

Nearness: Anna Varendorff & Kim Jaegar

Mr Kitly
17 March - 3 May 2015

Approximately once a month Andrew Basement sends out his latest blog entry: Past Imperfect, the art of inventive repair. Historical ceramics that have suffered a major injury are carefully & creatively cajoled into service again with the addition of metal rivets, straps & wires. An ingenious metal worker performs the miracle of putting 'humpty back together again'.

Anna Varendorff & Kim Jaeger's recent exhibition Nearness at Mr Kitly reminds me of the intimate collaboration that Past Imperfect blog celebrates. Similarly Varendorff''s brass wire and ribbon plays the supportive role, acknowledging ceramic weight & its dodgy ability to stand sturdily unless flat bottomed. Varendorff's brass additions also add to the whimsy by framing the assemblage, adding angel-like hallows or caliper-like suports to Jaeger's 'disabled' figures. Known for her Pot Heads range, Jaegar's hapless figures seem curiously ha…