Ventura, California-based artist Cheryl Ann Thomas admits she’s often quite disappointed when she opens the kiln. For most ceramic artists, discovering any alteration from how a piece went into the kiln from how it comes out is considered a kiln failure. Thomas, on the other hand, not only invites such failure but has built her entire art practice out of it.
Jennifer Hawkins Opie states in Contemporary International Glass, “Glass is a responsive, challenging, and vivid material for artists. It is also a practical, waterproof, unobtrusive material for design in daily use. It is special and everyday, flamboyant and functional, collected and discarded.” Like the human body, it is simultaneously fragile yet strong. The versatile material has captivated not only artists but also scientists, manufacturers, and humanitarians. As one of the safest materials in which to store and serve food, glass has promoted increased life spans worldwide and drastically reduced disease. Through its half millenia history, Murano, Italy holds a special place as Europe’s first glassmaking center and as a place of innovation in material and process.
The practice of portraiture, often used to propagate sociopolitical, philosophical, and cultural ideals by those in power, dates back to ancient Egypt. Yet throughout its history of promoting the ruling class, artists have used portraiture as an effective tool to question and explore societal values and give a platform to traditionally marginalized groups. Contemporary Danish artist Gugger Petter, for example, culls inspiration from the Renaissance and her time spent abroad to create her fictional, woven newspaper works that explore women’s roles in society, especially their relationships to and with men.
Buying art can be a mystifying process. There are more platforms and venues for art sales now than ever before in addition to more readily available information about artists, materials, and processes thanks to the internet. The inundation of images and data can be overwhelming, even for seasoned collectors. At Tansey Contemporary we believe in transparency and education, which is why we have developed this short introduction to art buying.
A beautifully written perspective on the importance of art by gallery artist KeKe Cribbs.
"As I sit here on a grey, Spring day in the Pacific Northwest looking out my window at the bright green leaves of the Japanese Maple tree, which is framed by the red tufts of Pieris Japonica below it, I wonder how many ways such a view has been translated by a myriad of artists over the centuries.
It’s a rare pleasure when I can carve out a little time away from my south Florida studio, escaping the ambitious schedule of multiple deadlines, exhibitions and writing assignments for which I only can blame myself. Be that as it may, I finally went on a real vacation with my wife Claudia, driving our shiny silver F-150 Ford truck as we headed out on a two week excursion into the deep south; our destination, a little town in South Carolina called Aiken....
Our overall program is focused at the intersection between fine craft, contemporary art, and design and the artists in this exhibition superbly exemplify the dynamic interplay between the concepts of form, function, individuality, context and highly skilled craftsmanship that you find at that intersection.
We partnered with independent curator Gail M. Brown, who has recently moved to Santa Fe, because of her knowledge of and passion for the incredibly rich diversity, intelligence, skill and creativity with which American studio jewelry is being made across America today. Here in Santa Fe, jewelry is an important medium but tends to be thought of in fairly traditional terms. We both wanted to broaden the conversation, here in Santa Fe, about studio jewelry and open eyes to the diversity of materials and significant context that an invited group of well regarded artists who are working in the field are employing today.
Here is an overview of just a few of the artists you’ll find in the show, AN EXUBERANCE OF COLOR In Studio Jewelry.
Art offers a unique and engaging way to connect with ideas and people. A gallery is more than a place to see or buy artwork; it represents a community that is made up of artists, staff, clients, followers, vendors, media, friends, family, the local community, and more. This community extends well beyond the retail space of the gallery, is international, racially and economically diverse, and spans generations. We’re launching this blog as a forum to further develop ideas and foster connections that are part of our gallery community and sparked by the art.