Photography and report by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL, USA.
The last juried art exhibit of the year at the Clayton gallery of the St Louis Artists’ Guild opened on November 18, 2016. On December 5 there was a gallery talk; I have pictures of that as well.
This exhibit has called for entries from the members of the St Louis Artists’ Guild. There were mostly 2D art pieces, pieces from two woodworking artists, pieces from a few fiber artists; my pieces were the only ceramic creations.
This is 12 X 14 inches piece where a collection of ceramic shark teeth were arranged on a canvas panel, and epoxy glued to the panel. The tips of the shark teeth has red glass melted onto it to represent blood. Until now you wouldn’t know what sharks give each other on Valentine’s Day, but there is no questions after seeing this piece.
You have seen this piece in previous blogs from me. The Creatures exhibit at Art St Louis, and the Absolute Abstract exhibit at the Our Common Ground showed this piece. Here I have an improved support in the form of the ceramic cone shaped on the inner rim to make a better fit for the sculpture itself. I’m working on new version of the idea that never seen critters can emerge from the ocean, and those kind of sculptures make you think just what this blue critter might do.
The Deep Sea Scrolls is a bout the surprising secrets the depth of the oceans may hold. The Dead Sea scrolls were discovered in desert caves where no on expected to find written evidence of the Torah and the Old Testament. In a similar fashion there’s no telling what secrets the scrolls of the oceans may hold. We have no clues just how to read these scrolls, and that just adds to the mystery. The green glass represents the line of ocean water that allows us to gain view of the scrolls.
The picture on the left shows Hanna Reeves, the juror fort he exhibit explaining her criteria for the selections. She thought it was important that the pieces communicated something that could not be possible to communicate through words.