New semester, new inspiration artists…

After this long list of amazing artists, I kept searching about other artists and about installation art in general. Now is the time when I have to look for more ideas and inspiration in the contemporary art in general, not only in the field of ceramics. I admire all ceramic people that I was looking at so far, and have enjoyed in their variations of beautiful forms and glazes. Since I have to work on my display strategy and think about how I am going to install my thesis work in the Dorsky Museum this upcoming May, I start looking for artists who work in different medium but have interesting ideas on presenting their art pieces in a gallery space. Last semester I took Sculpture Situation class and have had my first installation piece called Water Fragments. Water is still my inspiration source and through these three semesters I was coming back and forth to it. Since water is defined by its constant movements and processes, I was also challenged how to represent it with materials that I am using, such are plastic clay and casting slip. I am also more and more interested in incorporating different sources along with my porcelain pieces, such are light or water or even sound, although there are some limitation for displaying in a museum space like ours. I was interested in using light as a source for highlighting a texture of the thinest porcelain parts in my works even before grad school and now, I am planning to create a luminous decorative panel consists of very thin lithophanes. I enjoy playing with the texture where the actual material is not the only element on the surface; here light will have the main role in accentuating the texture. Maybe one of the reasons for my interest in light as a source is because of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest scientists we will ever have, and who was originally from my country. Here is his quote, one of my favorite that I have used for my thesis research:

“Nature may reach the same result in many ways. Like a wave in the physical world, in the infinite ocean of the medium which pervades all, so in the world of organisms, in life, an impulse started proceeds onward, at times, may be, with the speed of light, at times, again, so slowly that for ages and ages it seems to stay, passing through processes of a complexity inconceivable to men, but in all its forms, in all its stages, its energy ever and ever integrally present. A single ray of light from a distant star falling upon the eye of a tyrant in bygone times may have altered the course of his life, may have changed the destiny of nations, may have transformed the surface of the globe, so intricate, so inconceivably complex are the processes in Nature.” – Nikola Tesla

My further research..

Moses Hacmon

Israeli artist Moses Hacmon has found a way to capture water in motion through an analog photographic technique using a fluid film made out of nanoparticles that retains a liquid layer of iron. This registers the water’s movement first and then allows it to be imprinted on any surface in any shape. The resulting photographic negative is then transformed into a positive image. The process is the result of eleven years of studying and investigating the physical characteristics of the flow of water.

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Olafur Eliasson

is a DanishIcelandic artist known for sculptures and large-scale installation art employing elemental materials such as light, water, and air temperature to enhance the viewer’s experience. In 1995 he established Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin, a laboratory for spatial research. Eliasson represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and later that year installed The Weather Project in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, London.

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This monumental installation Notion Motion (2005) by the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson was developed specially for Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and was donated to the museum in 2005 by H+F Patronage, founded by the writer and collector, Han Nefkens. The 1500m2 installation is made up almost entirely of ripples of water reflected in light, in which Eliasson visualizes light waves.
Notion Motion by Olafur Eliasson consists of three installations that explore the interaction between water, light and the viewer. Eliasson has created an enchanting work with simple means. He immerses the viewer in a simple and minimal yet overwhelming visual experience created by the interplay of light and water.

Ran Ortner

Ran Ortner is a New York based artist, painter, sculpt and print-maker. His work consists mostly of paintings of the ocean on canvases, and show no land, sky, figures or other references.

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Mario Ceroli

“The idiosyncratic Mr. Ceroli is one of the least known but most influential artists of the Italian post-war scene.” says NY Times His work spans over forty years and I encourage you to take a deep dive into his website to explore his wide range of installations and sculptures. Two of his most beautiful works depict crashing waves sculpted from thin layers of precisely cut wood and glass titled La Vague and Maestrale.

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Lee Bontecou

Lee Bontecou is an American artist who was born in 1931 in Providence, Rhode Island. She attended theArt Students League of New York and received a Fulbright scholarship to study in Rome and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. From the 1970s until 1991 she taught at Brooklyn College. She is best known for the sculptures she created in 1959 and the 1960s, which challenged artistic conventions of both materials and presentation by hanging on the wall like a painting. They consist of welded steel frames covered with recycled canvas (such as conveyor belts or mail sacks) and other found objects. Her best constructions are at once mechanistic and organic, abstract but evocative of the brutality of war. Art critic Arthur Danto describes them as “fierce”, reminiscent of 17th-century scientist Robert Hooke’s Micrographia, lying “at the intersection of magnified insects, battle masks, and armored chariots…”.[1] She exhibited at Leo Castelli’s art gallery in the 1960s, and one of the largest examples of her work is located in the lobby of the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.

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My first installation “Water Fragments”

Last semester I was taking Sculpture Situations class with prof. Emily Puthoff. I was very excited to work on my first installation “Water Fragments” made out of both unfired and fired porcelain pieces. Inspiration for my work comes from nature, and this time I wanted to create a wave that will fill out the space of a white cube. I was challenged to install and thread all of thin porcelain pieces on many fishing lines, but eventually I enjoyed when I saw how graduation in color and form grows. For the floor part, I wanted to make an interaction with the audience since we had a critique with the whole class, and after walking inside of a white cube, students had to walk on unfired pieces since there was no clean floor part at all. Leaving marks and changing the whole horizontal part of the installation was my main idea, and I was inspired by British artist, Clare Twomey

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Water cubes from plaster molds for lithophane


For this work “Water cubes” I used plaster molds that I made first for lithophanes. This allows me to achieve water surface and really nice texture from CNC cutting that you can notice from the closer view. Before I was able to make plaster molds, I cut plexiglass with the CNC machine in the Digital Lab. For making very thin and translucent lithophanes, I used translucent porcelain slip for cone 10. Now, for this work, I had to change a casting slip recipe for cone 6 which consist of :
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Project “Intervention in space”

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“Kiss” is coming slowly :)

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“Lithophane is hot these days”

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