Ceramic art pieces in the “Varsity Art XXIII” exhibit at ArtStLouis

Photos and reporting by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL, 62035, USA.  If you enjoyed this post, then give me a “like” on my Facebook page.      There is additional information about Beachfront Pottery on my web site.

The Venue


The Varsity Art XXIII exhibit took place in the gallery of ArtStLouis from March 1 through March 28, 2019






The Call for Entry

There was no call for entry, as this was an invitational exhibit.  The “Varsity Art XXIII,”  was the 23rd annual invitational exhibition featuring 41 outstanding undergrad & graduate level art students representing 21 St. Louis regional universities and colleges from Missouri & Illinois.

The Ceramic Art Pieces

There was only one ceramics piece in the exhibit.

“Boat Stacks I” by Devin McDonald, Columbia, MO
“Boat Stacks I” by Devin McDonald, Columbia, MO
“Boat Stacks I” by Devin McDonald, Columbia, MO, detail









The narrative reads: “Through ceramic sculpture I work with the themes of temporality, accumulation, fossilization, mystery, and poetic narrative.  The collection and sculpture series evoke melancholy, curious and contemplative tone.   The visual tension of forms convey a back and forth between dualities: sturdy and fragile, contained and overflowing, simple and intricate.   They call the viewer to reflect on the strangely pleasing but dark beauty of such objects, and how such things relate to one’s mind and body in space and time.”    Devin is an MFA student at the University of Missouri, Columbia.  Check out her web site for more sculptures and pots.

The size of the piece (more than a foot long), the irregular shape, and the fine details allow indeed for much reflection on the part of the viewer.  My impression was that I’m seeing something dead, decomposing and decaying.



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