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Plinth Gallery
3520 Brighton Blvd
Denver CO 80216

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We are open
12-5pm Thursday - Saturday
and most First Fridays.
We are also open by appointment.

Phone
303 295-0717


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Wednesday
Jan272016

Marty Fielding

"Interval and Intersection"

Gallery Opening First Friday February 5, 2016 6pm-9pm


 Our 2016 exhibition schedule opens February 5th with the ceramic work of Marty Fielding. The artist holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina/Greensboro, and an MFA in Ceramics from The University of Florida/Gainesville. Fielding is currently a visiting instructor ceramics and 3-D studies at Florida Atlantic University

The artist draws on simple architectural concepts in his ceramic pieces. They  might resemble actual physical structures or parts of building. His deft combination of geometric ceramic parts and their colored surface are architectonic references that embrace utility. Musical ideas and the emotions that they convey become metaphors to his vessels. Glaze color references musical harmony, while the clay forms, the abstracted and cantilevered components become a musical counterpoint to the entire ceramic form. The pieces are designed to capture the viewer’s attention, and according to the artist "to feel a visual and mellow med-tempo beat.”  Within the variety of his utilitarian work, Fielding sets a stage that questions what one might call the “archetypical pot.” While they are familiar to the viewer as functional forms, each piece invites a closer examination, both visually and tactilely.

If one of the many constructs of postmodernism is a diversification of ideas, then Fielding’s ceramics are excellent examples. Such a mixture is the use of sculptural forms, and their embellishment through ornamentation. These physical manifestations whether in buildings or functional ceramics are used together often referred to as “double coding.” In his book “The New Paradigm in Architecture” Charles Jencks suggests that postmodern architecture is a language that depends on double understanding. Fielding suggests that “both architects and potters are fundamentally engaged in designing functional space. Architecture holds people; people hold pottery."

Plinth Gallery curator Jonathan Kaplan likens Fielding's ceramic work to "a string quartet in which the individual performers have separate roles, yet all merge together as one voice. His vocabulary of abstracted architectural forms and color rich surfaces are refreshing ideas in the realm of useable ceramics.”

 "Interval and Intersection" opens at Plinth Gallery on First Friday, February 5, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm. Fielding's ceramic work will remain on exhibit through March 26, 2016. Plinth Gallery is located in the River North Art District at 3520 Brighton Blvd, Denver CO 80216. For further information please contact the gallery at (303) 295-0717.

("Mixing Console"  terra cotta, glaze, underglaze, walnut. Photo by Charlie Cummings)

 


 


 

 

Sunday
Dec202015

Schedule for the 2015 Holidays

The gallery will be closed for the Christmas and New Year's holiday season through January 2016. We will reopen for First Friday February 5th, with a new exhibition "Interval and Intersection", new ceramic work by Marty Fielding.

Our new 2016 exhibition schedule is posted on this website.

If you would like to contact us, please do so by email, to gallery@plinthgallery.com.

We wish you a very happy holiday season and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

 

 

 

Wednesday
Dec022015

Jonathan Kaplan: "Tea Time"  

 Throughout my career as a ceramic artist, I have always made teapots. For me, making ceramic ware is an exercise in visual problem solving, and teapots certainly present this challenge. A teapot can be designed and made to be strictly useable. Another approach is to reference the idea of a teapot and use it as a concept to make work.

I designed these new teapots with patterned and decorated surfaces to be polar opposites of one another. The larger glazed teapots fully function, while the smaller black ones are parts of larger installations and are non-functional.  This new body of work is slipcast in porcelain from original models and molds that I made. This new work is part of my continued exploration of the teapot.

 

 " Teapot on Plinth", glazed porcelain, slip cast

 

Join us for an evening with the artist

 First Friday, December 4, from 6-9pm

 As always, this event is free, open to the public, and light holiday refreshments will be served!

 

 

Friday
Oct232015

Teapot, 10" h, slab built clay with pigment

Harris Deller

For our November 2015 exhibition, we are pleased to continue to host the work of Harris Deller. The artist holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from The Cranbrook Academy of Art and has a lengthy career as a university educator at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He is a recipient of a Fullbright Fellowship, an excellence in teaching award from the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts, and is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics.  His ceramic vessels have been widely exhibited and anthologized.

Deller uses primarily black pigment on white porcelain clay. Some recent work has more color inlayed on the suface in addition to his use of black. He makes vessels that he refers to “provocative contradictions.” Deller exploits the dimensional qualities by purposely minimizes depth, or that third dimension. "I deliberately limited my visual vocabulary so as to challenge myself to investigate the permutations of all the selected formal elements and search for forms that have meaning."

Constructed from slabs of porcelain clay, they appear to contain a full volume but as the piece is fully viewed, we see that he has altered our perception by flattening the form, in what he refers to as ”abstracted forms with the third dimension suppressed in varying degrees.”  There is also an anthropomorphic quality in his work that relates to “stance, gesture and stride.” These human references are derivative of ceramic terminology, such as the base of a vessel being a “foot, the top edge being a lip, and the surface embellishment often noted as “skin or clothing.” Human activity has historically included pottery making and in all cultures, has always been about containment, a necessity for preservation of essential foods and drink. Deller’s ceramic work continues the idea of containment.

Plinth Gallery Curator Jonathan Kaplan views Harris Deller’s ceramic work as  “a study of how formal elements are abstracted. His vessel forms suggest larger volumes but are dimensionally manipulated. His work is mature and extremely thoughtful. I am pleased to present Harris Deller’s ceramics to our Denver and Front Range audience.

The gallery will be open for First Friday November 6, 2015 from 6pm-9pm and the exhibition will be on display through November 28, 2016. Please join us for this event, which is free and open to the public. Plinth Gallery is located in the River North Art District 

Saturday
Aug292015

 

                  Patrick Crabb

                                                   "Contemporary Artifacts"                             

Our summer exhibition series continues through September 26 with the ceramic constructions of Patrick Shia Crabb. Born in Shanghai, Patrick holds an MFA from University of California-Santa Barbara, and has a lengthy teaching career at Santa Ana College. He is a recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Award and his work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in solo and juried exhibitions. Patrick’s ceramic work is included in numerous collections including The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, The Taipei Museum of Art, and the International Ceramics Museum in Faenza Italy.

 Patrick refers to his lengthy career in ceramics as a “magic carpet ride.” He acknowledges that the sources of his creativity come from hiking in the American Southwest and viewing shards along the trail, and his international travels where he has been exposed to the ancient artifacts of many cultures and countries.

 His work contains a matrix of pieces that he has “deconstructed” and then reassembles them into what he refers to as “contemporary artifacts”. By using this process, each piece is unique and conveys a sense of mystery, magic and visual power.  Their painter-like qualities, resulting from the assemblage of essentially shards of his work, result in vessels that he refers to as “multi-cultural compositions”. Patrick uses a variety of ceramic techniques to create his work, wheel thrown and altered forms, slab and press molded constructions, and fired in multiple ways to provide the color, surface and texture that he sees as “reflections of our culture in the 21st century”.

 Plinth Gallery curator Jonathan Kaplan sees Crabbs’ constructions as “mysterious in their underlying composition. Crabbs iconography of pattern, shape, texture, and color coupled with his mastery of composition present the viewer layers of visual information. These visual references allow us to reference his understanding of the cultural and historical importance of ceramics. I am pleased to present his work to the Denver and Front Range audience.”

Plinth Gallery will be open from 6pm-9pm on First Friday September 4. “Contemporary Artifacts” continues on display until September 26, 2015. Please join us for this event which is free and open to the public. Plinth Gallery is located in the River North Art District (www.rivernorthart.com)