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)