An artist friend of mine, J.D. Perkin in September has work up at the Laura Russo Gallery in Portland. His current set of ceramic figures are these delightful “boxers” some of which remind me of thoughtful toys or the old “Rock-em-Sock-em” game.
J.D., a very skilled sculptor, has a very interesting technique of creating his initial figures in parts, making molds of those originals, and then pressing clay into the mold and manipulating the sculpture from there as he assembles them.
The result is a very unified show of these hollow often quite large ceramic figures, that have a delightful sense of variety, humor and intrigue. I especially enjoy how he manipulates and marks their surfaces.
Check out the show if you are in the Portland area before it closes at the end of the month.
Another item I found very encouraging was when I went to the opening the other artist exhibiting with him, Sherrie Wolf has a large number of her still-lifes that had already been snatched up with prices of $2,500 and above. I found it hopeful that folks are buying art, and see beauty as something worth paying for. (Check out both of their works at: http://www.laurarusso.com/exhibits/index.html )