August 12, 2012

Art Review: Among the many at Stable, clay bubbles to the top

By Daniel Kany

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Ceramics by Jonathan Mess (foreground) and Liz Proffetty (background) are part of the “Vital Signs” group show at The Stable Gallery in Damariscotta.

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Ceramics by Liz Proffetty

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ART REVIEW

WHAT: "Vital Signs," group show in various media

WHERE: The Stable Gallery, 26 Water St., Damariscotta

WHEN: Gallery open seasonally through Oct. 20

HOURS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

INFO: 563-1991; stablegallerymaine.com

Porcelain is an amazing material for its white light and texture qualities. Liz Proffetty's porcelain vessels feature cascading transparent skeins of watercolor-like glazing. The best ones are nothing less than indulgently gorgeous.

Ingrid Bathe's hand-formed porcelain cups reveal the inherent qualities of porcelain's white kaolin clay better than any work I know anywhere. Bathe's hands are literally apparent in each, with the surprising effect being that they feel incredible to hold.

Malley Weber's work was a real find for me. It ranges from beautifully drawn but creepy leafless New England trees on brown clay wall tablets to hilariously fun zombie fish on mugs. She too has an excellent sense of pictorial design on three-dimensional objects.

There are other strong clay artists as well, but keep in mind that clay is only one component of many at Stable.

After Gulden's pots, for example, my favorite work at the gallery is Eban Blaney's handmade furniture.

Certainly, I don't like everything at Stable. I don't like probably about a quarter of it, and half doesn't interest me, but that's about my average for a good gallery.

However, I think the excellent overwhelms the other.

I very much support the ethic implied and broadcast by the professional galleries that represent a set roster of about 20 artists and give each a solo show every 18 months or so.

But Stable is an excellent reminder of why I like the fact that galleries – like any innovative business – come in all shapes and sizes.

 

 

Freelance writer Daniel Kany is an art historian who lives in Cumberland. He can be contacted at: dankany@gmail.com

 

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Ceramics by Malley Weber

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Ceramics by Tyler Gulden

 


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