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Plinth Gallery
3520 Brighton Blvd
Denver CO 80216

Gallery Hours 

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

Phone
303 295-0717


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Monday
Nov252013

Bebe Alexander, "Architectonics"

"Turris" Bebe Alexander  

 

Our final show of 2013 features new ceramic work of Bebe Alexander in her exhibition, “Architectonics”.

Alexander’s sculptures are based upon her deep admiration of the transformations human beings bring to the environment as a response to physical, emotional, and intellectual needs. Her architectural and machine-influenced forms become a visual metaphor for how we reshape the physical world to best suit our needs. Drawing on the contour, line qualities, and robust forms evident in both the Art Deco and Modern Design movements of the first half of the 20th century, Alexander deftly fashions her pieces with her own interpretation of that era, where fluid, streamlined objects permeated almost every household.

“I have always had the need to make objects. My work is a representation of my interest in the inventiveness of the human mind and the range and diversity of the things that we create. I am amazed and intrigued by man made objects; everything from architecture to computers to written language, and find it fascinating that all of these things are created by, and are a reflection of, the human spirit.”

 

Plinth Gallery curator Jonathan Kaplan says of Alexander’s architecturally influenced work, “She draws on a wealth of historical references. Her work reflects an era where the importance of design was an integral part of our culture. Bebe Alexander’s ceramic work has a strong presence in today’s visual landscape and we are extremely pleased to present this new body of work.”

 

"Architectonics" Opens at Plinth Gallery on First Friday, December 6, with an artist reception, 6-9pm.  This exhibition will be on display through January 24, 2014.  

 

 

 

Wednesday
Sep252013

David Crane:  "Edges"

For October and November 2013, Plinth Gallery presents “Edges”, an exhibition of ceramic work by David Crane. Crane, who has been a Professor of Art and Ceramics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University since 1980, received his BFA from Northern Arizona University (NAU), followed by an MFA from Illinois State University.  Crane has received a number of awards and fellowships, including Distinguished Alumni award from NAU, and a Virginia Museum artist Fellowship. Articles about Crane and his work have been published in a number of books, catalogs, and periodicals.  His ceramics have been shown in over 250 national and international exhibitions, and can be found in numerous private, university and museum collections. He and his wife, painter Janet Niewald, reside and maintain their home, studios and a small farm near Blacksburg, Virginia. 

David Crane's work investigates the integration of ceramic forms and geometric patterned glaze surfaces. His pottery is generally wheel thrown and altered, then fired to high temperature in a salt kiln. His surface treatments use glazes and various resist techniques to define geometric patterns with clear, sharp boundaries, creating the appearance of distinct “Edges”.  When describing his work, Crane says, “My goal is to create finely crafted, useable ceramics that are well designed and dynamic. The aim of these designs is to create contrasting color and surface elements that work in harmony with the form.”

Crane’s work is influenced by a wide and diverse range of cultural aesthetics, regions, and periods. The ceramic styles and techniques of historical Chinese and Japanese cultures are of significant interest, as well as those of the more contemporary 20th Century Arts and Crafts Movement. He also credits modern ceramics, sculpture and painting as a major influence and an inspiration. Along with these artistic references, Crane attributes the impact of landscape colors and surfaces on his ceramics. “My work reflects the experience of two very different environments, the Appalachian Mountains and the desert and mountains of the American Southwest.”

Plinth Gallery curator Jonathan Kaplan reflects that “Cranes ceramic work is guided by a thoughtful investigation of form and surface. These pieces communicate his curiosity to create unique, well-conceived and impeccably made ceramic objects. We are honored to have this opportunity to exhibit David’s’ work at Plinth Gallery”.

Please join Plinth Gallery and David Crane on First Friday, October 4, from 6-9pm for the opening reception of “Edges”. 

This exhibition will be on display through November 30th.

Thursday
Jul252013

Mary Fischer: “The Architecture of Space”

Mary Fischer's ceramic forms are reminiscent of the landsettled by her great-grandparents and where Fischer grew up. Her sculptures of barns, water towers, granaries and other farm buildings are influenced by her surroundings on the Texas landscape. Fischer has always been fascinated with buildings and architecture,  "I've been interested in buildings and photographing buildings and reading architectural magazines ever since I can remember".  Fischer’s constructions are all hand built from slabs and extruded sections of clay. Using a paper maquette as a pattern, she assembles the clay parts much like, “playing with Legos. The more pieces there are to play with, the more ideas there are to explore.” Mary began her studies in ceramics at an arts center in Austin, TX after returning from a tour with the Air Force as an Intelligience Officer. You can read more about Mary and her ceramic passion in this 2011 article from San Antonio.  She has been an exhibitor at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver for the last seven years, and now we are delighted to showcase her unique yet familiar ceramic constructions at Plinth Gallery. Please join us for our opening reception with the artist on First Friday, August 2nd, from 6-9pm.


"Flaming Roof"  Mary Fischer

Thursday
Mar282013

April/May: Lisa Pedolsky, "Connecting the Dots"

“Connecting the Dots”, an exhibition of new ceramic work by artist Lisa Pedolsky, opens at Plinth Gallery on April 5th.  Pedolsky, who owns “Two Fish Studio” in Durango, CO, started her studies in ceramics at California College of Arts and Crafts, then graduated from University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Fine Art. Initially working in mixed media and book arts, Pedolsky returned to ceramics after realizing she was a “designer and constructor of ceramic objects.”

Pedolsky’s ceramic forms are built from flat slabs of terra-cotta clay. Her work begins as a paper drawing as the basis for the three-dimensional object. She fashions precise patterns for each part used to build the piece. This method of deconstructing a complete form into its many components is similar in process to dressmaking or package design. Once the form is constructed, it is decorated with many layers of colored ceramic materials that are ultimately scraped, carved, or incised revealing the underlying textures. Lisa investigates design and technical aspects as they are applied to the important parts of her craft: form, function, and decoration.

Lisa Pedolsky’s exhibition, “Connecting the Dots” opens on First Friday, April 5th, with an artist reception from 6-9pm, including a presentation and brief overview of work by the artist.  This exhibition will be on display through June 1, 2013. 

On April 6-7, Lisa will instruct a two-day workshop in the Plinth Gallery studio.  Additional information is on our workshop page.

Wednesday
Feb202013

March: Jonathan Kaplan, "Divertimento"

For our March exhibition, Plinth Gallery presents “Divertimento”, new ceramic work by artist Jonathan Kaplan. Kaplan is the owner and curator of Plinth Gallery and has been active in the field of ceramics for over 40 years as an artist, designer, author, and educator.

Building on the 2011 exhibition, “Prelude” at Plinth and most recently, “Ceramic Forms” at Laramie County Community College, Kaplan continues to explore the textured slab and his signature use of industrial parts and fittings in this new body of work. The pieces in “Divertimento” reflect his interpretation of the theme of parts and wholes, or what Kaplan refers to as “the combination of singular objects combined to make complex forms.”

Incorporating wheel thrown, hand-built, and press-molded ceramic parts, Kaplan builds both sculptural and functional vessels including large basins, condiment sets, serving pieces and teapots. His deft use of industrial parts such as phenolic ball knobs, metal handles, shaft collars, and coated cable provides both a visual and structural counterpoint to the ceramic form and surface. In addition, his bird and fish forms appear, as seen previously in his “Nouveau Moche” series as well as his  “Plinthed Vessel Series”.

Jonathan says of this exhibition, “My Neo-Industrial Art Objects” series from 1998-2003 is really the basis for this continued exploration of integrating industrially manufactured parts with clay.  It is always a challenge to develop a complete form using these perfectly manufactured industrial fittings with ceramic materials. I use a double textured or patterned slab in some pieces to provide a springboard for a multitude of ideas.”

"Divertimento" opens at Plinth Gallery on First Friday, March 1, with an artist reception from 6-9pm.  Light refreshments will be served and we hope you will join us!  The exhibition runs through March 30th.