Clay often connotes function and functionality- think crockery, teapots, and bricks. Thirty-five artists showing over 100 artworks in The Human Condition: The Stephen and Pamela Hootkin Collection of Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture, use clay to build heroic figures, mimic riveted steel, and even riff on a classic tea set that’s anything but functional. The effects are as different as Judy Fox’s unnerving lifelike figures and Edward Eberle’s tiny graphic porcelain vessels. Life and death, horror and humor, growth and decay, take forms as diverse as humanity itself.
Publisher: Chazen Museum of Art (2014)
Curator: Russell Panczenko
Essayist: Garth Clark
Curatorial Assistant: Christy Wahl
172 pages, color images