Monthly Archives: March 2014

Abstract ceramics in the USA

 

Exploring the abstract.

 

Having abandoned the certainty of a known form and its expected details, the biggest challenge when engaging in abstract designs is being able to assemble a cohesive whole from the choices of shapes, colours and spaces. The liberation from not having to exactly interpret a defined reality unleashes a spontaneity and improvisation that can produce engrossing results. Using the manipulation of form and the breaking down of a structured reality into more simplistic details, allows the suspension of  the order of symmetry for more asymmetrical forms. This opens up the creation of movement and unpredictability with the flow of the shapes, lines, textures and colours all capable of input. The resulting tension delivers a heightened dynamic from a form striving for balance. Reflecting the fluid reality of the subconscious with its mystique and temporal, less fixated presence, the abstract can arouse an array of perceptions. Abstract art is interactive in the sense that it invites the viewer to participate with their interpretations of the sculptural works, through not being presented with a definitive, structured piece.

Featured here are six contemporary American ceramic artists who use abstract concepts in their decorative styles.  I feel they present a skilful and intuitive representation of this deep and fascinating medium.

 

Michael Gustavson

California

 

“Clay has been an art form that man has used since the beginning of time.  Every culture that has been discovered through archaeology has a historic record of uses for clay.  From utilitarian to sculpture this ancient historical record has always intrigued me.  Since my discovery of clay I have been learning and exploring the many different qualities of clay.”

  “As you look at my works you will note that I use many different techniques to manipulate clay to express my personal aesthetic views. Clay itself has a lot to do with my aesthetic viewpoint.

 The last 38 years I have used the forms that I create, whether vessel or wall slabs, as a vehicle to express myself as a painter using glaze as my paint.  My most recent works are a series of large hand built tectonic forms.  With these forms I will continue to explore and express the language of clay. “

” As is the case with most artists, the analyzing and verbalizing of their works is really not the statement, the statement truly is the work itself.”

website HERE

 

Blue Rythym Michael Gustavson abstract vase

Blue Rhythm – Michael Gustavson

 

 

 

 

Day and Night - Michael Gustavson

Day and Night – Michael Gustavson

 

 

 

Masquerade - Michael Gustavson

Masquerade – Michael Gustavson

 

 

 

Solar Flare - Michael Gustavson

Solar Flare – Michael Gustavson

 

 

 

 

Caribbean Blue-74H - Michael Gustavson

Caribbean Blue– – Michael Gustavson

74″ Height

 

 

 

Evening Walk - Michael Gustavson

‘Evening Walk’ – Michael Gustavson

 

 

 

Beautiful Thought - Michael Gustavson

‘Beautiful Thought’ – Michael Gustavson

 

 

 

 

Artifact - Michael Gustavson

‘Artifact’ – Michael Gustavson

 

 

 

 

Ancient Journey - M-Gustavson

Abstract vase  ‘Ancient Journey’ – Michael Gustavson

 

 

 

 

Solitary Dancer - Michael Gustavson

‘Solitary Dancer’ – Michael Gustavson

 

 

 

 

South Window - Michael Gustavson

‘South Window’ – Michael Gustavson

Desert Art Collection

 

 

Light Sculpture - Michael Gustavson

‘Light Sculpture’ – Michael Gustavson

 

 

 

 

Glazing a vessel - Michael Gustavson

Glazing a vessel – Michael Gustavson

 

 

 

Epiphany - Michael Gustavson

‘Epiphany’ – Michael Gustavson

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‘Arc’ – Michael Gustavson

 

 

 

 

Sea Creature - Michael Gustavson

‘Sea Creature ‘- Michael Gustavson

 

 

 

 

Eloquence - Michael Gustavson

‘Eloquence’ – Michael Gustavson

 

 

 

 

Earth Watch T en - MiGustavson

‘Earth Watch T en’ – Michael Gustavson

Hawthorne Gallery

 

 

 

Chromatic Afternoon - Michael Gustavson

‘Chromatic Afternoon’ – Michael Gustavson

 

 

 

 

Asia - Michael Gustavson

‘Asia’ – Michael Gustavson

 

 

 Eric Knoche

 

” My current work ranges from small puzzles to human size outdoor works to manipulatable sculpture to large installations with many pieces.  I make things I am curious to see. The work tends to evolve out of itself and I often feel like I am an archaeologist excavating my own subconscious.  Here are some things that I think influence my work:  male and female figures, bones, machine parts, houses, clouds, landscapes, algebra equations, micro-facial movements, fact and truth, alphabets and foreign languages, spacial relationships, tools I don’t know how to use, the distortional nature of memory, the limits of ocular perception, plants, neutron stars, dancing, running water, and songbirds. ”   

” I think some physical forms and arrangements of space are simply pleasing to humans at a sort of meta-level. ”

website HERE

 

 

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Raku vessel –  Erich Knoche

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Vessel Eric Knoche

Vessel Eric Knoche

photo-Tim-Barnwell

 

 

 

 

Tuning Fork 2012 Eric Knoche

Tuning Fork – Eric Knoche

2012

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Eric Knoche

photo by Matt Rose

 

 

 

Vessel - Eric Knoche

Vessel  – Eric Knoche

 

 

 

Switcharoo Eric Knoche

Switcharoo – Eric Knoche

 

 

 

 

Red Spiral Wood fired stoneware

Red Spiral  – Wood fired stoneware by Eric Knoche

 

 Sheryl Zacharia

Santa Fe

 

” As a child I was captivated by old things. I realize now much of that had to do with their handmade quality. My clay work is influenced by the material itself, its history and the intimacy of its interaction with the hand and touch. This is why my surfaces reveal the process; and the process becomes the surface.
The sculptural forms focusing on shape and surface are inspired by my love for ancient relics and modern abstract paintings. The textured and stamped areas help the eyes travel deliberately around the forms. The combination of raw and refined surfaces echoes the inevitable marriage of new and old. “

” Pattern and form are rhythm, palette is harmony, lines and shapes are lyrical. I’m striving to make a visual poetry. ”

website –HERE

 

 

 

Dancers - Sheryl Zacharia

‘Dancers’ – Sheryl Zacharia

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( Tansey Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe ) -sold

 

 

 

Sky Dwelling - Sheryl Zacharia

‘Sky Dwelling’ – Sheryl Zacharia

 

 

 

 

Woman in the window - S Zacharia

‘Woman in the window’ – Sheryl Zacharia

Jane Sauer Gallery – sold

 

 

Sheryl Zacharia abstract ceramic art

‘Black Sail Black Moon’ – Sheryl Zacharia

18 x 13 x 4

 

 

Summer Fling - Sheryl Zacharia

‘Summer Fling’ – Sheryl Zacharia

18″ x 22″ x 5″

 In a permanent collection at Racine Art Museum, Racine Wisconsin

 

 

 

Autumn Winds - Sheryl Zacharia

‘Autumn Winds’ – Sheryl Zacharia

( Tansey Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe )

 

 

 

Egghead Face - Sheryl Zacharia

‘Egghead Face’ – Sheryl Zacharia

 

 

 

Eye of the Storm - Sheryl Zacharia

‘Eye of the Storm’ – Sheryl Zacharia

 

 

 

 

Devilish - Sheryl Zacharia

‘Devilish’ – Sheryl Zacharia

 

 

 

Sun-Travels - Sheryl Zacharia

‘Sun Travels’ – Sheryl Zacharia

 

 

 

Squared Off - Sheryl Zacharia

‘Squared Off ‘ – Sheryl Zacharia

Fantasy Foliage - Sheryl Zacharia

‘Fantasy Foliage’ – Sheryl Zacharia

 

 

 

 

Liquid Woman - Sheryl Zacharia

‘Liquid Woman’ – Sheryl Zacharia

17″ x 8″ x 6″

Sheryl Zacharia NY

Sheryl Zacharia, NY-USA

Sheryl Zacharia

‘Asymmetrical bottles’  -Sheryl Zacharia

 

 Wayne Higby

 

The  pieces below were displayed at the Renwick Gallery retrospective  “Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby”  at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Wayne Higby’s vision of the American landscape appears in ceramic forms ranging from vessels and sculptures to architectural installations.

 

 

 

Large bowl - Wayne Higby

 

  Large hand-thrown raku-fired glazed ceramic footed vessel, “Green Water Afternoon”

Wayne Higby –  12″ x 21″ x 14 1/2″

 

 

 

Higby-Stone Gate ceramic sculpture

 

‘Stone Gate’  – Wayne Higby

2007 – photo by Brian Oglesbee

( SmithsonisnAmericanArtMuseum )

 

 

 

Higby-Yellow Rock Falls

 

Wayne Higby  – ‘Yellow Rock Falls’

1975

Photo – JohnCarlano

 

 

 

Wayne Higby - Untitled Bowl

‘Untitled Bowl’  –  Wayne Higby

( franklloyd.com )

 

 

 

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Wayne Higby with ‘Pictorial Lake’

1986 – glazed earthenware, raku-fired
collection of Sarah H. Morabito
photo by Brian Oglesbee

( Smithsonisn American Art Museum )

 

 

 

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‘Green Terrace Canyon’ – Wayne Higby

From the exhibition  A Vision of the American Landscape in Ceramic Forms and Porcelain Jars.

1975 – glazed earthenware, raku-fired
collection of Marlin and Regina Miller
photo by John Carlano

Wayne Higby Raku Bowl

Wayne Higby Raku Bowl

Wayne Higby Ceramic Box

Wayne Higby Ceramic Boxes with lids

Wayne Higby--Triangle Springs 1972

Wayne Higby–‘Triangle Springs’ 1972

 

 

Lauren Mabry

Philadelphia

 

” I make painterly, abstract, ceramic objects. Primarily my work communicates directly through its formal and aesthetic qualities, but it may also be understood in relationship to abstract painting, minimal work, and process art. Sometimes the surfaces look weathered and aged, but at the same time colorfully lush and wet. There is a sense of immediacy to the mark making, and at moments a quality of action. I exploit the intrinsic characteristics of ceramic materials to produce pieces with a magnetic dissonance. Ultimately, my work is a synthesis of intuitive, expressive surfaces and elemental forms. “

” The absence of representation in my work allows the marks, brush strokes and colour to communicate. I’m compelled by the scintillating, seductive energy created through formal dualities. ”

website HERE

Lauren Mabry

Earthenware cylinder with  slips, glaze, china paint – Lauren Mabry

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Cylinder with hand painted absrtact decoration – Lauren Mabry

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Lauren Mabry 2012 ceramic

Ceramic cylinder -Lauren Mabry

 

 

 

Lauren Mabry abstract ceramic wall art

Contemporary ceramic art wall panel – Lauren Mabry

Lauren Mabry Earthenware

Lauren Mabry

Earthenware, slips, glaze, china paint 2012

11″ height x 12″ diameter

Lauren Mabry studio glazing

Lauren Mabry studio glazing, Philadelphia

 

 

 

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‘Spilling Pipe’ – glazed ceramic – Lauren Mabry

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 red-earthemware,-slips.g;aze-2014 Lauren Mabry red ceramic cylinder

 Lauren Mabry

 

 

Danny Rosales, LA

“When I began working with a new medium – clay. I had no idea that I would like the feel of clay and the challenges it has to offer. Although I have worked in many mediums in the past, it is the only one that seems addictive. In the beginning it felt a bit overwhelming, but soon found that if I apply my same basic building principles I have always used along with some new clay methods the possibilities are endless.”

“Visual perception is the sum of one’s personal experiences projected onto whatever is before us, often familiar, but oftentimes unique. The intent of my work is to use these familiarities to entice the viewer to experience a unique perspective taken from ordinary objects. I like machines as subject matter because they give me the illusion of reshaping time, and at the same time the imagery provokes its own power of thought.”

http://www.dannyrosalesart.com/

 

Closure-Removed--2014 abstract sculpture by Danny Rosales

Danny Rosales   ‘Closure Removed’ –2014

 

 

 

Design Assembly With Tool-ceramic-2015 wall sculpture by Danny Rosales

‘Design Assembly With Tool’ -ceramic wall sculpture by Danny Rosales

2015

 

 

 

Mechanism-five----12x11 raku wall sculpture - Danny Rosales

‘Mechanism five’ raku wall sculpture – Danny Rosales – 2014

12″ x 11″

 

 

 

Temple Remains by Danny Rosales ceramic sculpture in green, brown and black

‘Temple Remains’ – Danny Rosales

height 17″

2014

 

 

 

Danny Rosales ceramic raku scukpture

Danny Rosales raku sculpture

 

 

 

Danny Rosales posing with his sculpture

Danny Rosales

photo Lisa John Lucas

 

 

 

Section-Out-15h---2014 Danny Rosales

‘Section Out’  – raku sculpture by Danny Rosales

 15″ height — 2014

 

 

 

Standstill 25 Danny Rosales raku ceramic sculpture

‘Standstill’ – Danny Rosales – 2014

height 25 inches

 

 

 

Trial and Error 20h Danny Rosales raku ceramic sliver grey

‘Trial and Error’  Danny Rosales

20″ height

 

 

 

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‘Antiquated frequency’ -Danny Rosales

7″ x 12″

 

 

 

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Mud Fun

Funny Mud Pottery

Ever since it was discovered that mud was malleable in around the year dot, clay has been modeled into shapes for the amusement of others. Novelty ceramic giftware, which is quite often quirky and kitsch, sometimes become desirable to collectors purely by virtue of its audaciousness and originality, rather than any aesthetic qualities. It’s ability to hold its colours and surface gloss longer than plastic giftwares also keeps it in the favourable stead with collectors despite its fragility. There is always a steady stream of fun ceramic pieces from low art to high art entering the giftware market, sometimes with marketing campaigns that are as entertaining as the product. Some ceramic gems can be the result when creators have some fun in the mud.

 

 

Sally Meekins ceramic

Sally Meekins ceramic cat lid teapot

 

 

Southdowns ceramic toastrack

Southdowns ceramic toast rack

 

 

 

Exquisite Pottery coffee set

 Pottery coffee set by Exquisite

 

 

 

Swineside mantle teapot

Swineside mantle teapot

 

 

 

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‘The Guest’  by Jaime Hayon for lladro

 

 

 

Vintage FLORAL Ceramic Bunny

Vintage Floral Ceramic Bunny

 Enesco Giftware

coffee mug

Starbucks 2011 Anniversary Mug

Melusina Mermaid with gold  confusion, highlighting the grade

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( A few things lost in translation here )

 

 

 

 

Virgil Ortiz - Siamese Twins

Virgil Ortiz – ‘Siamese Twins’

 

 

 

Wiggly Box Julia Roxburgh

‘Wiggly Box’ – Julia Roxburgh, UK

 

 

 

Chinese figurine - Caxistreet

Wenchang Wang, god of literature and scholarship – Caxistreet, China

Lost in a state of vacuous suspension ? Suffering from writer’s block? Facing the bloggers wall of blank ?  Put a figure of Wenchang on your desk .

 

 

 

Rhino eggcup

Rhino Eggcup by Canterbury Cross Collections

 

 

Tiki beer stein

Tiki absinthe skull stein drinkware

Clive Michael’s store, Fujian

 

 

 

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 Flush away that morning fatigue with your ceramic toilet coffee mug.

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ACDC headbanger gift vase – Pierre Blanc

 

 

50s Housewives Mugs - Peggy

Dupenny 50’s Housewives Mugs – ‘Peggy’

 

 

 

Diego-Romero-Bowl

Diego Romero –  Bowl with Chongo Brothers

 

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Ceramic teapot

( artintenrnational.ru )

 

Rare ROBJ Paris Art Deco

Rare ROBJ Paris Art Deco Lady Figural Powder Box  c. 1925

 

 

 

 

 

Ceramic Afro Mug

Ceramic Afro Mug with lid

 

 

 

 

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 Retro atomic bowl – Herta Gerz, BC Ceramics, Vancouver, late 1950’s

BC Ceramics was British Colombia’s largest manufacturer of ceramic giftware, including vases, lamps, bowls, and figurines. Their distinctively shaped and decorated products were sold nationally.

 

 

 

 

Blue Fire Studio - etsy

Blue Fire Studio – etsy

 

 

 

 

terra artesana-ceramic toilet Mexico

 Mexican hand painted ceramic Talavera toilet ‘Acapulco Oro’

( www.terraartesana.com )

 

 

 

 

Ceramic handbag 41cm x 23cm

Jingdezhen ceramic handbag  41cm x 23cm

Can be used as a vase or an actual handbag !

 

 

 

 

Frog Figurines Damon Gift

Frog Figurines – Damon Gift

 

 

 

 

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I wonder what’s in that pipe

Garden Gnome – Battersea’s Spring Decorative Fair

 

 

 

 

Helen Liedloff - Goldscheider

Asian lady bust designed by Helen Liedloff – Goldscheider – 1950’s

 

 

 

 

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Jingdezhen ceramic Japanese wind chime

 

 

 

 

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 Be very wary of what you say in the morning when the missus is holding her knuckleduster coffee mug.

 

 

 

 

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La Bottega Wonderland – Livellara  day  mood  tea pot  ‘Carmen’ 

Italy

 

 

 

 

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Laurel Burch-1999

Laurel Burch Ceramic modernist cat

Modernist Cat – Laurel Burch

 

 

 

 

Laurel Burch - Ceramic Cats

Laurel Burch  – Ceramic Cats

 

 

 

 

Lectora Veronique Didierlau

Véronique Didierlaurent figurine

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Intarsio Art Nouveau jug  vase designed by Frederick Rhead for Wileman & Co. circa 1898

 

 

 

 

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Aloha Hawaiian Girl  Maile  on Pineapple

( mahalotiki.com )

 

 

 

 

Natural-World-Collection penguins

Penguin Pair  – Natural World Animal Collection

 

 

 

Noi Volkov Teapot - Botero

Noi Volkov Teapot – ‘Botero’

 

 

 

 

Nordic Porcelain Hen Gongyuta

Nordic Porcelain Hen – Gongyuta

 

 

 

 

Keiko Masumoto pottery

‘Life inside a pot’ – Keiko Masumoto

 

 

 

 

Orange Box - Vaughan Nelson

‘Orange Box’ – Vaughan Nelson

Pirate Mugs

‘Pirate Skull Cup’

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Ceramic crab Caroline Selmes

Ceramic crab bowl – Caroline Selmes

 

 

 

Patricia LazarTeapot

Patricia Lazar ‘Geisha Girl Teapot’

Clown-Nose-Container

Jason Bige Burnett – ‘Clown Nose Container’

 

 

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Jolly Jester teapot – Sally Meekins

 

 

 

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‘Melt Mug’ – Lenka Czereova

 

 

 

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Twin Chameleon Vase  – Ardmore Australia

 

 

 

Ayanda-Mji Twin handles African terracotta vase

African terracotta vase Ayanda-Mji

artmuseum.co.za

 

 

 

 

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Lionel Richie Hello Mug

 

 

 

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‘Dog Treat Jar’– cheers pottery – Etsy

 

 

 

Godzilla-Mug-by-Eileen-de-Rosas - white ceramic mug with green godzilla motif

‘Godzilla mug’ – Eileen de Rosas

 

 

 

Polychrome-Peach-Tilt-Teapot--Tom-Hurbert

‘Peach Tilt Teapot’ –Tom Hurbert

 

 

 

Space-mug-with-astronaut-space-walking-in-stars-and-planets Morris Pottery

‘Space Mug’ – Morris Pottery

 

 

vincent-magritte_ceramic teapot

Vincent Magritte teapot

 

 

Cheers Pottery etsy ceramic mug with cat motif

Cat Mug – Cheers Pottery etsy

 

 

 

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Betty Boo Salt and Pepper Shaker – Westland

 

 

 

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Found in the mud :  Local farmer with ancient (pre-Incan Moche culture) pottery he found while working in his fields.

ardentrewartha.wordpress.com

 

More mud stuff :

 

MudStuffing Pottery

 

 

Mud Stuffing Pottery

Mud Stuffing Pottery –  Keith Phillips

My name is Keith Phillips and I make stuff. I make a lot of stuff. I’m a human factory of stuff making goodness. Most of the stuff I make is made from mud-like stuff, but sometimes I make stuff from other stuff. Some of the stuff I make isn’t real stuff, it’s virtual stuff, but most of the stuff I make is real stuff you use to drink stuff from. I’ve even made stuff that had stuffing in the stuff I made. That’s where the name MudStuffing Pottery came from.

Mud Stuffing Pottery – etsy

 

 

 

Keith Phillips teapot MudStuffing pottery

Keith Phillips teapot – MudStuffing pottery

 

 

 

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‘Couple Tossed in the Wind’  Dinner Plate – MudStuffing pottery

 

 

 

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‘Men Fighting over a Women’   – Keith Phillips

 

 

 

Keith Phillips Sandblasted Dessert Cup NC

Keith Phillips – Sandblasted Dessert Cup

MudStuffing pottery

 

 

 

Keith Phillips Cup

Keith Phillips Cup

Dinner Plate --Steampunk Moon by Keith Phillips

Dinner-Plate—Steampunk Moon By Keith Phillips

MudStuffing pottery

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sea Sculptures

 

 

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‘Coast Totem’ – Linda Matthews & Carter Williamson

Sculpture by the Sea 2014

 

Sculpture by the Oceans

I love seeing sculptures in a seascape setting. The uncluttered open expanses are a symbiotic environment for the presentation of sculptures and they don’t have to compete as much with their backgrounds compared to an urban/city location. The pure vibrancy of the ocean settings seem to lift the sculptural aesthetic. Modern contemporary sculptures against the ancient ocean masses have a juxtaposed impact. Having lived by the Pacific Ocean on both sides, ( Whale Beach, Sydney and Santa Monica, LA ) I was really pleased to see the success of Sculpture By The Sea on the Pacific Ocean at Bondi Beach which has now been running for 16 years. The temporary annual outdoor exhibition showcases over one hundred sculptural works and contemporary practices, including site-specific and ephemeral works, along an iconic coastal walk between Bondi and Tamarama beaches. The myriad of natural plinths in the landscape provide an ideal setting.

Fibreglass-giant-'I-Sea' Monumental sculpture at the sea by Time Kyle

Fibreglass giant ‘I-Sea’  by Australian sculptor Tim Kyle

Over a third of the field now includes exhibitors from Germany, Italy, South Korea, Spain, Japan, Norway, New Zealand, the Czech Republic, Sweden, China, England, the United States, Finland, Iceland, Switzerland, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, France and India. This visual arts event has recently been expanded to Cottesloe Beach in Perth on the Indian Ocean and the Aarhus coastline in Denmark. Along with the Sculpture By The Sea images, I have also included sculpture visuals from French and USA coastal cities and a few other locations.

 

 

Yee Chee Kiong abstract bubble sculptures

Yee Chee Kiong – Series #2

Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus –  Denmark

photo – Clyde Yee

 

 

 

Sir Anthony Caro_Om eastern outdoor sculpture

Sir Anthony Caro – Om eastern

Cottesloe Beach 2013,  pohto – Clyde Yee

 

 

 

Ewen-Coates---Multiverse,-Bondi-Baach-contemporary-sculpture

 Ewen Coates – Multiverse

Bondi 2013

photo – William Patino

 

 

 

 

Subodh Kerkar - chickencafreal - modernist chicken sculpture

Subodh Kerkar – chicken cafreal

Bondi 2013,  photo – Clyde Yee

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Rose - lookatme - turquoise modern umbrella sculpture on white sands

Rebecca Rose – lookatme

SxS Bondi 2013

Photo – Samantha Burns

 

 

 

Chris Bailey - the majestic large contemporary sculpture at the seaside in Perth

Chris Bailey, NZ  – ‘the majestic’

Cottesloe Beach

 

 

 

'To Be or Not to Be' by Keld Moseholm abstract walking figures sculpture in granite

‘To Be or Not to Be’ by Keld Moseholm… bronze, granite

Sculpture By The Sea  2009

photo Shyaman

 

 

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Sculpture By The Sea Aarhus, Denmark

BethKin Flickr

 

 

 

Sculpture- Bondi Venus-by Dennis Kalous

‘Bondi Venus’… Dennis Kalous… recycled sandstone boulders.

Sculpture By The Sea 2010

 

 

 

 

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Sculpture By The Sea Aarhus, Denmark

BethKin Flickr

 

 

Chen Wenling-Games-sculpture photo by Jarrad Seng Two red figures balancing acrobats

Chen Wenling – ‘Games’

Sculpture by the Sea-  Cottesloe, Perth 2013

Photo Jarrad Seng

 

 

Henry Clews courtyard-sculpture of a male figure balancing on a rock platform

Château de La Napoule in Mandelieu – American artist, Henry Clews

West of Cannes, France

Insipration by Harry Weinbrenner at Venice California Female figure sculpture with outstretched arms

Inspiration by sculptor Harry Weinbrenner, 1922

Venice Boulevard, Venice, California.

The  re-creation of this statue was  sculpted by Ernest Shelton in 2010

 

 

Ferme-basque---Jorge-Oteiza

Ferme basque – Jorge Oteiza

Biarritz, France

( Pierre flickr )

 

 

 

 

Geoffrey Ricardo red kangaroo sculpture overlooking the Pacific Ocean

‘Emblem’ ( kangaroo ) – Geoffrey Ricardo

Sculpture By The Sea , Bondi, Sydney

 

 

 

2 rings by Keizo Ushio Abstract sculpture perched on a cliff face

‘2 rings’ by Keizo Ushio – SxS Bondi

Bondi 2013,  photo – Clyde Yee

 

 

 

Intuition - Marbre de Erickh White modern sculpture on a balcony with sea views

‘Intuition’ – sculptror Erickh

Alpes Maritimes, Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur, France

 

 

 

 

Huge King Neptune statue by Paul DiPasquale - Virginia Beach, USA

King Neptune statue – Virginia Beach, USA

© 2005 Sculpture by Paul DiPasquale.

 

 

 

Benmjamin Storch - Cycles - red asymmetrical red ring sculpture

Benmjamin Storch, UK – ‘Cycles’

Sculpture by the Sea-  Cottesloe

 

 

 

Abstract---Sculpture Wave by Blaze Krstanoski Blazeki

Wave by Blaze Krstanoski Blazeki

Sculpture By The Sea 2008

 

 

 

 

Musiciens de jazz - Roger Flores

‘Musiciens de jazz’ – Roger Flores

 Saint Jean Cap Ferrat Avenue, Séméria

 

 

 

 

Opatija Statue standing female sculpture overlooking a harbour

Opatija Statue, Croatia

 

 

 

 

Paul Bégué,-à-Saint Jean

Paul Bégué sculpture

Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat avenue, Séméria

( Pierre Flickr )

 

 

 

 

Penny & John Smith - The Keepers

Penny & John Smith – The Keepers

Sculpture By The Sea

Tasman Peninsula 1998 – photo Clyde Yee

 

 

 

 

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Puerto Vallarta boardwalk sculptures, Mexico

 

 

 

 

Richard Howie Swell Sculpture Festival

Richard Howie – Swell Sculpture Festival

Currumbin beach, Australia

 

 

 

 

'sitting-hen'- Tae Geun Yang

‘sitting-hen’ – Tae Geun Yang

SxS Bondi

 

 

 

 

Steve Croquett, heads up

Steve Croquett, Heads Up

SxS Bondi

 

 

 

The Kiss - San Diego

The Kiss – San Diego

 

 

 

 

Toshio Ezumi - Bondi 2013

Toshio Ezumi – Bondi 2013

 

 

 

MarkGrey-Smith-Cebtrefold - modernist metal sculpture

Mark Grey-Smith – ‘Centrefold’

SxS Cottesloe

photo – Karen Castle

 

 

Ben Fasham,- Jewel-de-la-Mer

Ben Fasham,- Jewel de la Mer

Sculpture By The Sea ( SxS )

photo – Howard Jones

 

 

 

 

Nexus by Alex Kosmas Tree sculpture with anchor

‘Nexus’ by Alex Kosmas

SxS  Bondi

Australian artist Fatih Semiz geometric sculpture by the sea - 'Isometric Trinity'

Australian artist Fatih Semiz’s steel ‘Isometric Trinity’ overlooks Mackenzie Bay, Sydney

aeolian harps. sculpture by Aristides Demetrios-San Fransisco

92-feet-tall sculpture by Aristides Demetrios – it is one of the world’s largest aeolian harps.

Named for Aeolus, the Greek god of the wind, and invented by the 17th-century polymath Athanasius Kircher, an aeolian harp is a passive instrument played by the movement of the wind.

Oyster Point, San Fransisco

( http://laprincipessaerrante365.blogspot.com.au/ )

Andrew Burton Jug sculpture Aarhus seaside

Andrew Burton ‘Jug’  

Aarhus Sculpture By The Sea

Ama mermaid statue by Amaryllis, France

 Ama mermaid statue by Amaryllis, placed in St. Jean Cap Ferrat on the French Riviera

Antipodean-Recruits--sculpture by Len Zuks

Antipodean Recruits  sculpture by artist Len Zuks at the Sculpture by the Sea coastal exhibition, Cottesloe Beach

2009 in Perth

Le-Jardin-sculpture of three standing women on a high cliff at Eze

Coastal garden sculptures – Eze, FranceEze Cactus Garden sculpture

Eze Cactus Garden sculpture

le-jardin-d-eze France

La Jardin d Eze, France

Large bronze sculpture crabs, at the ocean

Large bronze sculpture- Crab Riders

Gillie and Marc Schattner

Mikaela_Castledine red birds sculpture

‘East of the mulberry tree – legend of the ten red crows’

Mikaela Castledine sculpture, Bondi  SxS 2013

Matthew-Harding-the-cheshire-grin- large stainless steel arc sculpture

Matthew Harding – “the cheshire’s grin”

BondiSculpture by the Sea, 2013

 

4/4/2014

Los Muertos Beach Sculpture of a boy riding a seahorse

‘Caballero del Mar’ (The Seahorse)’ by Rafael Zamarripa

Los Muertos Beach sculpture of boy riding a seahorse, Puerto Vallarta

Vi Warkentin Photography

San Marco, the patron saint of Venice.- winged lion sculpture

This statue near the Grand Canal is said to depict a winged lion protecting the Virtues of the City of Venice. The winged lion represents San Marco, the patron saint of Venice.

Grand Theft Auto abstract sculpture

Vespucci Beach abstract sculpture.

I was looking at this sculpture wondering where Vespucci is till I discovered it represented Venice Beach, California in Grand Theft Auto. It had replaced the ” Declaration Statue” by artist Mark di Suvero in the real life Venice. The gamers had given it a virtual makeover.

Venice-Biennial sculpture on the Grand Canal White sculpture of a boy holding a frog by Charles Ray

Boy with frog sculpture at the Venice Biennial – US sculptor Charles Ray

2.5metres tall

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 ‘T-guardians’ sculpture by Christoph Luckeneder & Manfred Kielnhofer

Public Biennale de arte Venezia , Italy

 

 

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Milano Art in the Mid-Century

 

 

La Triennale di Milano is a design museum and events venue located at Park Sempione in Milan, Italy. It hosts exhibitions highlighting contemporary Italian design, architecture, music, and media arts, highlighting the relationship between art and industry. The museum also features the Collezione Permanente, a permanent collection of art objects in contemporary Italian design.

Like searching for a hidden chamber in an ancient temple, I came across a Mid-Century collection of photos from La Triennial di Milano deep in the archives of the Lombardy Cultural Heritage collection. Getting there was a challenge as I don’t read Italian and Google Translate abandoned me, but my intuition prevailed on my hunch in the end. It was worth the perseverance as some really intriguing images representing some of the  artists of this era were on display. Most of the images are from the fifties and are in Black & White which was de rigueur  for a lot of photographers then. Excellent composition and use of shadows characterise the photos of modernist inspired ceramics, furniture and sculpture.

 

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X Triennale – Sempione Park. 1954

 Ceramic High Relief “Madonna and child enthroned” – Angelo Biancini

 

 

 

 

Particolare-dell'allestimen

X Triennial 1954  Scandinavian exhibit

 

 

 

 

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Federico Patellani

 

 

 

 

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 XI Triennale 1957

Abstract design dish with wrought iron tripod in the section of the Exhibition of Ceramic Art Productions

photo: Sergio Bersani

 

 

 

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 X Triennale – France display – Plaster Sculpture “El’ll think” – Ossip Zadkine

Photo: Giancolombo

 

 

 

Portamatite-in-ceramica

 Ceramic pencil holders

Photo Aldo Bailo

Museum of Contemporary Photography

 

 

 

 

Quattrini-Oreste

 Quatterini  Oreste – Careerism

MAGA – Museum Art Gallarate, Milan, 1974

 

 Scultura Jacques Lipchitz

 “Le marin à la guitare” – Jacques Lipchitz

XI Triennial

Foto Mercurio

 

 

 

 

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 X Triennial  – Stig Lindberg modernist ceramic forms

 

 

 

 

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Constantin Brancusi – Portrait of Mademoiselle Pogany

 

 

 

 

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The Embracers  – Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

 

 

 

Spanish ceramic vases

Vases from the Spainish section. XI Triennial 1957

 

 

 

 

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 X Triennale – Giovanni Gariboldi

Photo Dainesi

 

 

 

 

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 X Triennial – ceramic amphora vase – Ernestine Cannon

1954

 

 

 

 

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 1957 XI Triennial – Vase in the shape of fish in the section of the Exhibition of Ceramic Art Productions

photo: Sergio Bersani

 

 

 

 

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 Ceramic vase/pitcher by Leon Ferrari

X Milano Triennial – 1954

Henri Gaudier--Parco Sempio

 Henri Gaudier-Brzeska’s Hieratic Head of Ezra Pound, carved in 1914.

The writer Ezra Pound recognised Gaudier’s genius and was keen to promote and support him, and so commissioned the artist to do a portrait bust and bought a block of stone for the purpose. Pound understood the importance of direct carving as a marker of modernism.

 

 

 

 

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Sculpture Portrait of H. Rouart – Medardo Rosso

XI Triennale – Parco Sempione

 

 

 

 

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 X Triennale – Exhibition of art schools – Ceramic Vase

Foto:  Ancillotti

 

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XI Milano Triennale – 1957

Mid-Century modernist bottles

 

 

 

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XI Triennale – modern ceramic vessels 1957

 Sergio Bersani – Giornalfoto

 

 

 

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 1954 X Triennale – Germany ceramic exhibit

 

Marcello Fantoni tall pitchers

 Marcello Fantoni tall pitchers

 

 

 

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Anthropomorphic sculpture ‘ Scream ‘ by Aldo Zuliani

1973

 

 

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 Reliquary Bust of Saint’Ottaviano silver and gold of the fifteenth century

XI Trienniel 1957 – photo: Sergio Bersani

 

 

 

 

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 Terracotta display of Lazio and Campania in the  Italian Show Productions section

1957

 

 

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  XI Triennale – abstract ceramic vessel   ( maybe a teapot )

Milan 1957

 

 

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 XI Triennale Ceramic Ornaments in the Yugoslavia display

1957

 

 

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 XI Triennale – French exhibition – Sculpture and bowl by Charles Zublena

XI Trienniel 1957 – photo: Sergio Bersani

 

 

 

 

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 Sculpture “Mushrooms blacks” by Alexander Calder

International Exhibition of Sempione Park, Milan 1957

photo: Sergio Bersani

 

 

 

 

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XI Triennale –   – International exhibition of sculpture in the park Sempione- Sculpture “Draped reclining figure” – Henry Moore

Photo Mercury

 

 

 

 

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 XI Triennale  Scandinavian exhibit

 

 

 

 

Sculpture Bouquet Pablo Picasso

Sculpture “Bouquet”  – Pablo Picasso

Park Sempione XI Triennale 1957

 

 

 

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 An exhibit at the Triennale di Milano reconstructs, 50 years later, the fundamental moments in the construction of Brazil’s new capital.

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Sculpture “Grand Cheval” – Raymond Duchamp-Villon

Park Sempione XI Triennale 1957

 

 

 

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 Vases designed by Angelo Mangiarotti

Photo : Aldo Bailo

 

 

 

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 Milano – VII Triennale d’Arte – 1940 (?) Angelo Biancini, Diana,

 

 

 

 

White Porcelain Pitcher - Majda Kumar

 XI Triennale – Section of Yugoslavia – Porcelain Pitcher – Majda Kumar

1957

 

 

 

 

Ceramic bottles Guido Gambone

X Trienniel 1954 – Ceramic bottles Guido Gambone

 

 

 

 

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X Trienniel 1954 –  Ceramiche Guido Gambone

 

 

 

 

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 X Trienniel 1954 ceramic vessel – Guido Gambone

 

 

 

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 X Triennale – France – Sculpture in bronze and brass lined – Antoine Pevsner

Farabola

 

 

 

 

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X Milan Trienniel 1954 – Ceramic wall plaques-Sweden – Stig Lindberg

 

 

 

 

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XI Triennale  1957 – Alabaster sculpture by Mirko Basaldella.

photo: Sergio Bersani

 

 

 

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XI Triennial selection of ceramics – 1957

 

 

 

 

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Milan – VII Art Triennial. Guido Andloviz, two ceramic pots

1940

 

 

 

 

Magnolini,-Simon-Milan

 Photo – Simone Magnolini

 

 

 

 

Martini-Pasquale italian sculpture

Forms Symbol – Pasquale Martini

 

 

Stig Lindberg ceramic vases

 X Triennial  Stig Lindberg ceramic vases

 

Mrio Tedeschi 1951

Storage cabinet modernist – Mrio Tedeschi 1951

Emilio Scanavino Italian ceramic

Emilio Scanavino Italian ceramic vessel

Emilio started working with clay in the early Fifties, in Tullio Mazzotti’s studio in Albissola Marina.

( http://www.thatsarte.com/ )

 

 

George Robustelli

The sign of the memory – George Robustelli

 

 

 

 

 

Del-Pezzo-Lucio Column sculpture

Column n. XXVII
Lucio Del Pezzo

 

 

 

Cornini Marco

‘ The wonder’ – Cornini Marco

 

 

 

1989 Borghi Paolo

In the land of Persephone

Borghi Paolo

 

 

 

 

Maurizio Cattelan

Middle finger salute – Maurizio Cattelan

MAGA

 

 

 

 

Borio,-Fernanda-1951

Fernanda Borio – 1951

 

 

 

 

Galvagni Mario

‘ Portrait of Silvio Zanella ‘

Mario Galvagni

 MAGA – Museum Art Gallarate

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Portrait of a Man – Klaus Zaugg, 1980 –  Milan

( Shot with a film camera, the falling car hasn’t been created in photoshop )

 

 

 

Rognoni Franco

Rognoni Franco

Exposition - BUSATO Gualtiero

Exposition – BUSATO Gualtiero

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Aldo Bailo  – Optical Projection

Costantino Nivolaz - Mothers Secret

Costantino Nivolaz – Mothers Secret

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Cubist Torso,- 1987 – Jim di Rich

All above images sourced from  www.LombardiaBeniCulturali.it