Earlier this month, Cavin Morris Gallery opened a new exhibit, Rebel Clay, featuring some 60 non-mainstream ceramics. The works were rendered in a wide variety of styles – whimsical, utilitarian, spiritual – with finishes that range from unfired natural clays in browns and grays to highly glazed, brightly colored pieces. Below are some of my favorite pieces:
The show contains several highly glazed and brightly colored ceramic fungi by the Scottish artist Straiph Wilson.
Kevin Sampson, a self-taught artist and former police officer creates works that often address issues of social justice and cultural resistance. This piece made me think of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria, whose arrivals are the subject of much debate these days.
Nek Chand is known for his huge environment in Chandigarh, India with its thousands of expressive figures and exquisite architecture. I found this man he created from concrete absolutely irresistible, and so full of energy!
There’s something very appealing about Burgess Delaney’s Seated Figure, made from unfired clay from near his home in Mississippi.
Kazumi Kamae was one of four Japanese Art Brut artists the gallery discovered when they visited the Yanomami Art Center near Shigaraki Prefecture in Japan.
On one wall you’ll find five masks from Nepal, created in the early to mid-20th century using cow dung and clay.
This is a small sampling of the ceramics in this exhibit, which will remain up until October 7th – but don’t wait until then to see it. Cavin-Morris is located at 210 11th Avenue, Suite 201, in Chelsea.