Ready, Set | Contemporary Tableware: Aug 22 – Oct 5
Ready, Set | Contemporary Tableware
When jurying and inviting artists to take part in an exhibition on contemporary tableware in the form of place settings, I was searching for variety as well as unique and interesting approaches to present an overview of works currently being created in this vein. I am not only interested in the function of the individual pieces, but moreover with the dialogue between the works in the sets and objectives behind each grouping in relation to form, surface, and concept. The juxtaposition of the sets included speaks to various processes, concepts, and sculptural issues which makes for a well-rounded group to represent cohesiveness, utility, design, and function in 2014. There are artists that challenge the notion of what a set can and should be. Even though confined to what was called for (“dinner and salad plate, bowl, cup/mug.....more”), I enjoyed [seeing] the inclusion of the “more.” When artists are confined to ubiquitous ideas, artistic invention is sometimes hindered. I was overjoyed to see collections that were able to break down the confines of the defined set. These are the ones that show the unexpected and create a different kind of ritual or narrative, all the while being confident in the significance of their inclusion in this discussion.