Xavier Toubes

Descriptions Without a Place. PushMoon5

»Essentially for me, working in ceramics allows me to be absorbed with the body and the mind in the process of making. It has to do with the notion of making art as a thing in the world. «

The exhibition is an attempt to view the work with a mixture of sensuous possibilities. Made with clay with the palm at the back of the mind: an object that is fluid, electrical, absurd, theatrical and existential, with wild lone beauty. The surfaces, the skin, are more like a place, a surprise with no clues as to the beginning or the movement of the hand, making and moving in layers through form, color, light: present and pulsating.

Essentially for me, working in ceramics allows me to be absorbed with the body and the mind in the process of making. It has to do with the notion of making art as a thing in the world. Ceramics seems clear, relevant, being at the same time in the periphery and in the contemporary; determined to be a thing in a time when most information is mediated, incredulous and unreliable. It enhances the theatrics, the absurdity in its attempt to be made material, crude, rude, primitive, primary: it resonates, it has precision.
The work lately has become more raw, direct, complex in its sources, intentions and practice, with vocation to show color, making, and materiality: something with »density«.

Xavier Toubes, Chicago 2018

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