"Vessel" by Mark Whalen at The Standard Hotel, Hollywood, California
The idea to start exploring ceramics as a medium rather than simply a subject in my paintings came about through my interest in the history of vessels. A vessel can be so many things – a receptacle, a nautical craft, a tubular conductive structure, container or hollow utensil. They have many functions, from the rudimentary to the sacred. They are, at once, incredibly decorative, collectable and purposeful items and for this reason I have incorporated them into the narrative of my paintings as just that, collectable items and items that have a significant purpose to the characters using them.
I found that as the vessel forms were evolving within the paintings, so too was my thought process behind how my work can be presented. As with the video works I have collaborated on in the past, I have long felt that the subjects within my paintings allow me a freedom to explore broader art making forms without jeopardizing the integrity of the conceptual foundation.
Consequently, with the ceramics it is as much about the making of the vessels as it is the story that is being told on, or by them. The surface, the glaze, the finish mimics the resin on the paintings. There is a clear correlation that, I think, binds the works together as a much grander representation of what it is I am trying to achieve.
As the gallery season begins and I myself start curating again, I decided to pause for a moment to reflect on some observations that I have made since getting involved in the art world. I realized that I have been attending gallery openings and being connected with the art world for over 10 years, and writing about art on this blog since 2008. So I wanted to share with you, the reader, how to get involved and contribute to the dialog of the art world. I will tell you that since I began, there is never a dull day. I discover new art and artists out there with vision and beauty. I love to see Art that engages and challenges the assumptions that you, I and everyone lives with everyday. This post will be the first in an ongoing series where I explore aspects of the art scene, the art world and how you can be a part of something exciting and ever changing.
Have Passion for the Art and Be Open
I start with the obvious, because you need a passion for art in order to begin your journey. Howe…
1 min: 31 sec. MAY 18, 2016 Exhibition curator Karole P. B. Vail provides a brief introduction to Moholy-Nagy: Future Present, a comprehensive retrospective of the work of László Moholy-Nagy (1895–1946), on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, May 27–September 7, 2016. The exhibition offers an unparalleled opportunity to examine the career of this pioneering painter, photographer, sculptor, and filmmaker, who was also active in graphic, exhibition, and stage design. An influential teacher at the Bauhaus school of art and design in Germany and a prolific writer, Moholy-Nagy believed art could work hand-in-hand with technology for the betterment of humanity. To learn more, visit guggenheim.org/moholy.