22.10.2023 – 12.11.2023
firemarks – born of the elements
Earth, formed by the hands,
completed in the fire.
Peter Callas · Pascal Geoffroy · Kevin Lips · Uwe Löllmann · Hervé Rousseau · Jeff Shapiro
Opening, Sunday 22.10.2023. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The gallery is open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
To Listen to the Clay
“The Anagama kiln, used to fire my work, serves as a tool for intangible qualities of spirit and energy. The centerpiece for experimentation that records the passage of time as effectively as accumulated strata in the cross-sections of earth.
Its ability to conjure in simple, rustic form the material transformations associated with time and the natural forces that return all things to their origins.”
finds his inspiration in the heart of the Causse de Larzac, an austere, karstified limestone plateau in southern France.
To form the earth like chaotic rocks with their clefts.
To crack it like the ancient, wind-tormented pines.
To patinate the earth by fire with shades of smoke and ash.
To keep the long firing awake with wood.
To paint the pots with fire.
The results should do justice to the energy invested.
Kevin Lips is a sculptor living and working in Brooklyn , NY.
Through his friendship with Hervé Rousseau, he created many sculptural wood firing works in France.
This work was made and fired in Henrichemont France at the beginning of 2023
Uwe Löllmann’s vessels occupy space quite naturally.
They embody an equilibrium between boldness and tenderness, daring and purity, dynamism and calm.
Liberating yourself from the potter’s wheel, leaving it behind you and yet creating artworks, is not so easy to describe.
Every step is joy, a part of the process, and is part of a context that you are not always aware of.
In Hervé Rousseau’s work, there are influences from the folkloric Bourrée dances from the French province of Berry but also from the work of African potters. Everything has meaning because it is filled with this knowledge and the encounters with life.
The sculptures refer back to his life (for this reason), which is a means to an end in his art.
In my work, revealing the character of material is part of the approach.The work has an organic quality, but that is only one aspect of the completion of the work. I am not trying to “reproduce” what is found in nature, but rather addressing the essence of form, texture and color, and working with those qualities in a spontaneous and abstract way.