Bayly Art Museum
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Expanded Visions: Ceramic Art in the 1970s-80s
On view through March 19, 2000, the exhibition "Expanded Visions: Ceramic Art in the 1970s-80s,"organized by Suzanne Foley, Museum curator, features ceramic pieces from the collection of Daniel Jacobs and Derek Mason of Richmond. Much of Viola Frey's focus was on life-sized figures; an early example of this concentration is Grandmother Figure (1978-80).(left: Viola Frey (b. 1933), Grandmother Figure, 1978-80, glazed earthenware, 72 x 24 x 18 inches, lent by Daniel Jacobs and Derek Mason Collection)
Twelve artists are represented in this exhibition, each selected for their innovative work in ceramics. These artists all added greatly to the popularity of ceramics, from the elegant minimal forms of Steven Montgomery, to the complex sculptural grids of Arthur Nelson and the colorful work of Ron Nagle. Richard Shaw's fascination with everyday objects has lent greatly to his work, while the ghostly near-fetishes of Lucian Pompili give insight into his artistic imagination. (right: David Gilhooly (b. 1943), Breadfrog Delivering Bagels, 1978, glazed earthenware, 20 1/4 x 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, lent by Daniel Jacobs and Derek Mason Collection)
Another storyteller, Jack Earl, uses whiteware and china paint to "make a picture three-dimensional and put it in some kind of situation" according to Foley. David Gilhooly, whose art is grounded in myth making, centers his work around a frog world, for which he has created a humanistic civilization. (left: Jack Earl (b. 1934), Celery Man, 1979, glazed whiteware with china paint, 28 x 6 x 6 inches, lent by Daniel Jacobs and Derek Mason Collection; right: Ken Little, Burnin' & Bakin', 1981, earhtenware with shards, , 28 x 19 x 19 inches, lent by Daniel Jacobs and Derek Mason Collection)
An avid collector of recycled materials, Ken Little has used articles such as leather from jackets or boots, or even pieces from plates and cups in his work. Michael Lucero's work has ranged from making shard figures and stringing them onto a skeletal armature, to creating a series of totems in which the heads were skewered on steel rods.
Robert Brady has incorporated life experiences and images from the mythical past into his own distinct vision. Focusing more recently on faces, Judy Moonelis, communicates raw emotion through their dynamic expression in her work. (left: July Moonelis, Unitiled (head with fish), 1983, ceramic, 14 1/2 x 20 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches, lent by Daniel Jacobs and Derek Mason Collection; right: Michael Lucero (b. 1853), Untitled (Winner), 1981, ceramic, aluminum, wire, 87 1/2 x 29 x 11 inches, lent by Daniel Jacobs and Derek Mason Collection)
All of the works in the exhibition were selected to both delight topically and communicate universally.
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