Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Virginia is for lovers...and ceramics...

First of all let me just say...HOLY SHIT! Yes it has been that type of month...I kid you not gentle reader, it has been like 2 months rolled into one. I will not get into all the stuff that I had going on and still have going on in the month of March ...all the crappy stuff I mean, that kept me from my dear old blog as well as the simple stuff like...relaxing. Lets just focus on the immediate clay geekery at hand and say "F" the rest. ...quite the potty mouth tonight too.

So I just returned from a long and agonizing drive down to Virginia in pouring, blinding rain with periods of very dense fog and then a fevered drive home...I was actually running a fever of 102.8 when I got home. But the in between time...installing the work and hanging with my bud Adam Paulek, whom I am showing with there...it was just fine, in fact I had a good time. Our two person exhibition at the J Fergeson Gallery in Farmville, Virginia is looking really good. It was great to see Adam again and visit his studio(more to come). I was really pleased with the gallery space itself and Jarrod of J Fergeson was also a pleasure to deal with in all aspects of installation as well as the details of leaving a bunch of your work in a gallery. The show is called "Not Particularly Precious" and runs from March 30 - April 30...official opening on April 10.

The three smaller images are my new "Hills and Valleys" series. I am pretty excited about these guys...thrown and altered closed forms, glazed a little in my own industrial looking fat white glaze,decaled and finally flocked on the tops
Each pod like form showcases a singular image from my own digital photography. I am seeing them as the basis for a much larger piece and thinking of these as pairs...gold ball chain couples each set. The green flocked top looks like either a rolling hill or a slightly sunken valley and creates the visual of a miniature landscape on each. Hence the name..."Hills and Valleys"

This is a new piece I fondly call Udderly # 5830...the cow side looks kind of blue...that's me rushing to take quick pictures, but I think you get the idea.

This is the gallery space, its a large open plan with the main exhibition space located in the loft...so cool.( Sorry,I cant make these damn pictures line up to save my life!!) That's Jarrod in the vertical image with his happy little pup Maynard. The lower section of the gallery is loaded up with a bunch of nice pottery...mainly wood fired work from the near by Cub Creek Residency. Below is an image of Adam's pieces...his work is made from slip cast porcelain fired to cone 6 and then layered in a myriad of decal imagery ...he and I share the crazy decal love. I think our work really looks good together and I hope you do too. If you are in the Virginia area I hope you truck on over and check out the show...just an hour from Richmond and Charlottesville...its so worth the drive.

Tomorrow I am off to Philadelphia to hang out in NCECA for the rest of the week...speaking of clay geekery. I will diligently report on all the cool clay happenings from my suite(room) at the Holiday Inn Express...if I am sober enough. Tune in again for NCECA, Philly 2010!


FetishGhost said...

Fantastic show in a beautiful space...

Sara Gibson said...

awesome! and I love that white glaze. Makes me all happy! now that's some serious clay geekery when you get excited about a glaze!

A Truckload of Art said...

Ahh Shucks Kyle- such a nice post. It was great to see you, your photos and work look fantastic. Hope you feel better soon.

Anonymous said...

hey kyle... pieces look great, the space looks great. love those udder pieces.