Brilliant, bold yellow and red colors mark the recent exhibition at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design. Titled “Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes, the works in this show were created by NYC artist Polly Apfelbaum. Four large rugs laid on the floor, with hand-crafted red beads hanging in the middle. The walls were lined with colorful ceramic pieces whilst the back wall showcased thick wooden masks. The exhibition invited visitors to explore their own spirituality and the bright colors were inspired by dazzling colors the artist found in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Translated Vase // Yee Sookyung // Ceramic discards, epoxy, 24k gold leaf // 2013
Korean celadon ware is my favorite type of pottery. Dating back to the Goroyo Dynasty in Korea, I love the green/blue color of celadon. Contemporary artist Yee Sookyung, inspired by this traditional form of pottery, creates new works of art out of celadon. Yee Sookyung visits practicing Korean kiln sites and collects their discarded pieces. She then assembles the scraps together with gold leaf to create a new sculpture. Just as one person’s trash is another’s treasure, here the trash of potters becomes the treasured materials used to create her vases.