Tony Marsh and Robert Brinker
July 6th to August 5th
Reception with the artists on August 2nd from 5 to 8pm
Gallery Talk at 6pm
For availability and pricing please contact the gallery.
In this work there are real and imagined allusions to physical sciences, earth formation, geographic phenomenon, force, pyroclastic work, time and landscape. The assorted mineral concoctions when fired and fluxed become unstable as they move flow and combine in unpredictable ways down the surface of the vessel. This creates new topographical landscapes as combinations of materials under the action of heat and cooling cycles, slip, flow, boil, collide and stack in new formations.
Not lost on me is the material fact that I am working with the very stuff of the earth’s crust and when subjected to heat each work has embedded in it an interesting dynamic that alludes metaphorically to both geophysical and artistic creation.
Following his BFA, Marsh spent 3 years in Mashiko, Japan (1978-81), at the workshop of Mingei Master Potter Tatsuzo Shimaoka, who went on to become designated a “Living National Treasure” in 1996. He completed his MFA at Alfred University in 1988. Tony Marsh lives and works in Long Beach, California where he was the Program Chair of Ceramic Arts for over 25 years at California State University, Long Beach. He was recently named the first Director of the Center for Contemporary Ceramics at CSULB Ceramic Arts. Marsh was additionally named a United States Artist Fellow for 2018. You will find Marsh’s ceramic art in many private and permanent museum collections around the world, included among them; Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum of Art, the Gardiner Museum of Art, Toronto, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston.