Mixed Me­dia

Santa Fe Clay’s in­vi­ta­tional, The Fig­ure in Clay

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Santa Fe Clay’s in­vi­ta­tional, The Fig­ure in Clay, is an op­por­tu­nity to see a spec­trum of ce­ramic works by es­tab­lished and emerg­ing na­tional artists. The fig­ure is ren­dered sculp­turally, as nar­ra­tive im­agery on func­tional and dec­o­ra­tive ce­ram­ics, and in re­lief. Artists cre­ate pieces that mimic wood, ren­der tableaux in minia­ture, and make in­ti­mately scaled pieces and life-sized ob­jects. Artists in­clude Lisa Clague, who creates hy­brid fan­tasy crea­tures that hark back to a by­gone era; Jack Earl, whose ver­nac­u­lar sculp­tures de­pict­ing small-town life are in the col­lec­tion of the Smithsonian Amer­i­can Art Mu­seum; Christina Both­well, who ex­plores themes of meta­mor­pho­sis in mixed-me­dia works that in­clude a com­bi­na­tion of raku clay and cast glass; Les­ley Baker who makes in­ven­tive, baroque sculp­tural forms; and Thad­deus Er­dahl, whose blackly comic sculp­tures are mas­ter­pieces of sur­face treat­ment. Some works are whim­si­cal and ab­surd, such as Cyn­thia Con­sentino’s Girl With Squir­rel, which has in­ter­change­able heads; oth­ers are dis­turb­ing, such as the f leshy, pho­to­re­al­is­tic fig­ures of Curt LaCross. More than 35 artists are rep­re­sented, work­ing in a range of fir­ing tech­niques and clays such as porce­lain, stoneware, and earth­en­ware.

The Fig­ure in Clay opens with a 5 p.m. re­cep­tion on Fri­day, Jan. 29, and re­mains on view through March 26. Ad­mis­sion is free. Santa Fe Clay is at 545 Camino de la Fa­milia. Call 505-984-1122. — Michael Abatemarco

Left, Thad­deus Er­dahl: Napoleonic

Daz­zle Sol­dier, 2013, stoneware; right, Lisa Clague: Kate, 2011, porce­lain; pho­tos Santa Fe Clay

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