New Ceramic Sculpture
August 1 2014 - September 26, 2014
Denver Red Drop earthenware with majolica glaze
white·out /’(h)wit,out/ noun - A condition of diffuse light when no shadows are cast, due to a continuous white cloud layer appearing to merge with the white surface. No surface irregularities are visible, but a dark object may be clearly seen. There is no visible horizon.
Jury Smith’s ceramic sculpture is quiet and unassuming; she works with volume and color constructing large forms finished with a subdued glaze color pallet. Her attention to surface is minimal, based on observations within the physical world. The pieces dominate the exhibition space with a reserved presence. Smith’s work has a structured methodology:
“In my studio practice, a craft approach of systems, repetition and rules, coupled with my own conceptual response through searching, filtering and gathering, allows for a sense of certainty and elasticity. I work with a limited number of forms, so the repetitive nature of my work allows small shifts to register as significant gestures.”
Smith uses her glazes as an image-making material, while still considering the glaze attributes of sheen and texture. In her “Grey Series”, she uses perspective by way of horizon or water lines, to activate a point of departure. Her “Color Series” uses colors to explore the interaction between color and function. When placed on a ceramic form, she sees these colors as more clearly revealing function.
“Geometric forms are primary to my work. The intent is to express a familiar and open quality that indirectly engages memory. Some forms appear quite simple, while others are visually active and almost kinetic. This kinetic quality directs attention towards the mutable and the impossibility of being truly static. Moment to moment, color and contrast impress upon form to either reveal or disguise an object. Viewed from a distance or up close, these elements engage in a constant (though often subtle) state of flux. My current body of work explores these visual transitions as expressions of personal experience.”
Plinth Gallery curator Jonathan Kaplan regards Jury Smith’s ceramic sculpture as, “thoughtful and reflective of the interaction between object and space. The strength of her work resides in its simplicity.”