We are exhibiting at Palm Beach Country Convention Center Booth 103 today and through Sunday, January 23. The artist lineup is dynamic and the work of James Kennedy, David Hicks, Josh DeWeese and Sylvia Hommert is inspired. Please contact the gallery for a complete artwork listing and pricing information. See you soon.
Now in its 15th year, at the Palm Beach Country Convention Center January 20—23. Proudly, we will be presenting new work at Booth No. 103 featuring James Kennedy (above), David Hicks (top), Josh DeWeese and Sylvia Hommert, (represented by the Boltax Gallery located in Shelter Island, NY). Please contact the gallery for guest passes and we look forward to seeing you there.
Thank you for all of your support throughout the year. We appreciate the opportunity to have introduced you to so many gifted artists and inspired works of art. 2012 Is shaping up to be another solid year featuring important contemporary artists specializing in photography, sculptural forms, ceramic vessels, glass pieces and painting.
2012 Kicks off with ArtPalmBeach, now in its 15th year, at the Palm Beach Country Convention Center January 20—23. Proudly, we will be presenting new work by James Kennedy (above), David Hicks (top), Josh DeWeese and Sylvia Hommert, (represented by the Boltax Gallery located in Shelter Island, NY).
ArtPalmBeach is considered one of the most influential contemporary art fairs on Florida’s Gold Coast by both critics and art enthusiasts since its opening in 1997. In honor of the Anniversary celebration, the fair will debut the most extensive program in its history by encompassing premiere events, special exhibitions, topical lectures, special museum tours, installations, performances and exclusive VIP programs. Please visit ArtPalmBeach for additional information. (above: Sylvia Hommert, Domination Gold, 44 panels).
Booth C21 at SCOPE was well received by private collectors, museum representatives and art enthusiasts. Our favorite part was featuring represented artists in the booth—James Kennedy, Gregory Green, Sunkoo Yuh and Sean Noyce were all on hand to share stories and points of inspiration about their work. We are excited to share more, and there are still a few choice works available by all of the featured artists including: Bart Johnson, the de la Torre Brothers, Wookjae Maeng and Kate MacDowell. (Mindy Solomon Gallery was also showcased in Creative Loafing).
Thank you so much for your support during Art Basel Miami and SCOPE. We enjoyed seeing you all in person and appreciate the time you took to say hello to the artists. SCOPE was an amazing success and we look forward to sharing a dynamic showcase with you in 2012.
Art Basel Miami was a great way to get the holidays started. Please contact us for additional information about available work, SCOPE and our current exhibition at the gallery, “Expressions in Form” featuring the sculptural works of Josh DeWeese. Please stop by today.
ArtTaco reviews the sculptural ceramic exhibit by Josh DeWeese, “Expressions in Form,” now on exhibit through December 24, 2011. Please stop by the gallery, inquire and take in this fantastic display by one of America’s finest ceramic artist—Josh DeWeese.
ArtTaco writes, “In ceramics, there is a continuum between functional and non-functional work, meaning the difference between things people can actually use in their everyday lives or special occasions. Josh DeWeese’s smaller works, though heavily stylized, are designed and created to still be functional.” Read the entire article here.
Ceramic artist Josh DeWeese unveiled his new collection, “Expressions in Form,” Saturday night. Josh introduced a great number of new works, shared inspirational thoughts and offered a scholarly look at the art of ceramics. Here are a couple of pictures of Josh DeWeese’s great installation. Looking forward to seeing you soon—“Expressions in Form” by Josh DeWeese is now on exhibit through December 24, 2011. (Exclusive interview here).
Josh DeWeese works tirelessly, combining contemporary sculptural forms with the art of chance—ongoing experimentation with a variety of different glazes and finishes fired with salt/soda processes—applied upon his ceramic pieces. I (Mark Murphy) caught up with Josh DeWeese before his exhibit to talk more about his work:
mM : When you are creating your works, are you inspired by a specific genre of music, artwork or a place that you have traveled before?
DeWeese : Specific inspirations are difficult to pin down, because they all blend together, but I have always been inspired by Asian ceramics, particularly Korean Puncheong Ware, Japanese Oribe (examples piectured above) and Shino Ware. As I reported to Mindy, I have never studied formally in Asia, but have traveled in Korea and China several times. While traveling there, I’ve made a number of connections with several Korean artists, (mostly during my time at the Archie Bray Foundation), because we had about 12 different Korean artists there during my tenure as director.
Above, Peter Voulkos, Lidded Vessel, (c. 1952-1954). Wheel thrown stoneware jar with lid decorated with applied sgraffito technique. 22” x 11.” Peter Voulkos, Large Pot, (c. 1958-1959). Stoneware vessel comprised of wheel thrown, paddled, cut and manipulated forms with decoration. 21.5”h x 15.5” x 15.” American artist of Greek decent, Peter Voulkos (1924-2002) is well known for his abstract expressionist styled ceramics sculptures. Entrapped in the process of clay-making, Voulkos developed works not with the traditional craft foundation of ceramics, but rather in an experimental way that lead him to treat the medium as pure sculpture.
DeWeese : I also studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and my teacher, Ken Ferguson, introduced us to a broad range of Asian ceramic traditions. We also had access to the Nelson Atkins Museum and it’s incredible collection. I have been influenced heavily by the work of my parents, Robert and Gennie DeWeese, who were modernist painters strongly influenced by the abstract expressionists of the 1950’s. I am as well, I have always drawn a connection between the immediacy of marks in wet clay to marks in wet paint. The work of Peter Voulkos draws on this, as well, and has always been an inspiration.
Above left, Andy Ryan photo of Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Above middle, Posset Pot, Earthenware with tin glaze and enamel 8 ¾”—Medieval teat treat, cinnamon, egg white, wine, sugar, cream, heat it, boil and sprinkle with suger. Collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Above right, Akio Takamori, Japanese, b 1950. Kanzan from ’The Laughing Monk’ series, 2006. Stoneware with underglazes. Promised gift the the Lennie and Jerry Berkowitz collection in honor of the 75th anniversary of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
mM : Select one of your favorite pieces featured in the show, and would you mind sharing a thought or two about the work :
DeWeese : I will comment on the jars, and this could apply to any of them. The current interest with my work has had to do with developing my drawing/painting to work on the three dimensional forms. I am endlessly interested in how a drawing unfolds around a form and leads the viewer to the other side. Line quality, glaze viscosity and transparency find endless variations in the atmospheric firing process and I am always eager to see what happens.
The basket forms are a technical challenge in terms of controlling the material, as in getting the clay to stand up and maintain structure in this way. I like to think of them for flowers, but also do not disagree with the comment that the handle eliminates the need for flowers. The forms have a figurative element to them, a sort of lyrical quality. Sometimes the handles feel like bones, or wisps of smoke rising in the air.
mM : How would you describe your style of work? Is there a new genre of sculptural objects that you are participating in, or is it a genre based on tradition from the past?
DeWeese : I don’t generally characterize my style as aligning with a current movement. I believe my work is rooted in the idea of pottery, drawing and an exploration of ceramic phenomena.
mM : What type of materials do you experiment with in your works?
DeWeese : I have become very interested in harvesting local ceramic materials to use in my glaze palate and have co-founded the International Wild Clay Research Project with my colleagues at Montana State University to research and develop local material sources. I find my work to be enriched and energized by the activity involved, and enjoy how the process requires building a community of interested friends to share the workload and results. I’m inspired by the potential and unique quality that can be achieved in a ceramic surface using local materials with a carefully considered processing method.
Thank you Josh DeWeese for taking time out. “Josh DeWeese, Expression in Form” opens at the Mindy Solomon Gallery Saturday, November 12 featuring 20 new works that include sculptural vessels, baskets and wall hangings. Artist reception, November 12 6—8PM featuring a insightful talk by special guest and artist, Josh DeWeese. Contact the gallery for more information or see more examples of his work here. Interview by Mark Murphy, Murphy Design.
The Mindy Solomon Gallery is proud to announce the solo exhibition of ceramics artist, Josh DeWeese, “Expressions in Form,” November 12 through December 24, 2011.
Josh DeWeese creates beautifully enriched, wood fired surfaces that intimate secret meaning beneath the multi layered glaze coating. “I have developed a passion for painting with ceramic materials. I enjoy the phenomenon of the melt and the element of gravity that enters the image through running glaze. The loss of control is important, blurring the lines made with the hand, and introducing a sense of alchemy. The viscosity and movement of the glaze becomes an important element in the final image. I am interested in translating what I see in front of me, whatever it may be.”
“Expressions in Form, the Recent Works of Josh DeWeese” is on exhibit November 12 through December 24 featuring an artist talk and reception on Saturday, November 12 from 6—8PM. Talk will begin promptly at 6PM, see you soon.
Josh DeWeese returns to the gallery with a new selection of large sculptural vessels, baskets and wall platters and presenting an intimate artist talk on November 12 from 6—6:30PM during the artist reception.
Josh DeWeese is a ceramic artist and educator at the Montana State University in Bozeman where he continually evolves the finest applications of traditional pottery making with colorful surface treatments creating important, internationally recognized contemporary works. As Mr. DeWeese describes:
“I have developed a passion for painting with ceramic materials. I enjoy the phenomenon of the melt and the element of gravity that enters the image through running glaze. The loss of control is important, blurring the lines made with the hand, and introducing a sense of alchemy. The viscosity and movement of the glaze becomes an important element in the final image. I am interested in translating what I see in front of me, whatever it may be.”
Josh DeWeese “Expressions in Form” November 12—December 24 with artist reception and talk, Saturday, November 12 from 6—8PM. See you soon. You can read more about Josh DeWeese here. RSVP on Facebook here.
Josh De Weese will be exhibiting a series of vessels, jars and new works at the Mindy Solomon Gallery in November. Josh is a passionate pottery artisan who puts his heart and soul into what he does, as he writes, “Perhaps pottery’s greatest power lies in its association with the human body. The language of pottery is the language of the body, with necks and feet, bellies and shoulders, and lips to touch our lips. The intimate relationship that develops with use strengthens this association. A personality develops, and the pots become our friends. In this friendship they become reflections of our humanness, and help give meaning to our lives.”
Josh DeWeese is showcased in this month’s issue of Ceramics Art and Perception, an ad promoting his November 12 to December 24 exhibition with an opening on November 12 from 6PM to 8PM at the Mindy Solomon Gallery.