Friday, August 21, 2015

Serious Animals at Northern Clay Center

Currently on view at Minneapolis's Northern Clay Center: ceramic works by McKnight artists. Here are a couple of them.

First, "From Here to There: by Kelly Connole:


Each of those white things over the zebra is a handmade porcelain butterfly, hung from a blue thread. In person, the threads make a blue translucent area over and among the butterflies. The accompanying text tells the story of the artist's young friend and student who was diagnosed with an extremely rare genetic condition -- one of the "zebras" that doctors in training are taught will likely never be seen among all of the horses of mundane medical practice.

Continuing the animal theme, but in a different way and by a different artist:


This is "You Are What You Eat" by Kip O'Krongly. In case you can't tell, those feed troughs are full of red and white gelatine capsules.

O'Krongly's other piece in the show is this large-scale bar graph:


Each of those plates is about 9" in diameter with its own finely rendered image of a cow, chicken, pig, or turkey.


Here's the key, both to better explain the graph's information and show how nice the drawings and glazes are.

The exhibit closes on August 30, so get over there, if you can, to these in person and the rest of the works!

1 comment:

Amanda Dobbratz said...

Thanks so much for your post and lovely photos of our exhibition!