"Interval and Intersection"
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)