Photo and text by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL, 62035, USA.
1223 Pine Street in St. Louis is where ArtStLouis maintains a nice gallery space, and a coffee bar.
The call for entry
All media artists were invited to submit artworks that are uninhibited and unfiltered and where artists feel completely free to speak their minds via visual artistic expressions. All explorations of this theme were invited.
The ceramic art pieces
I didn’t submit any pieces for this exhibit, because I never felt that I was inhibited by anything in my artistic creations. In other words, I don’t have any artistic ideas that I had to keep to myself because of the fear or concern that my piece was unpalatable for a jury. SO, as you might imagine, I was very curious what type of pieces would be in this exhibit.
There was only one ceramic piece. A large, colorful sculpture.
On his website Bruce (to be accurate it’s Bruce Alves, III) recalls his childhood when he would construct “new” toys from salvaged parts of broken toys. His current work is revisiting the time in his life when anything was possible and the rules of reality did not seem to limit what one could do.
In this sculpture I didn’t see any salvaged or borrowed parts from other objects. I saw several sculptural figures on Bruce’s website, so I have to assume that this sculpture is borne out of the same artistic direction.