I should have been bad!
Music is probably one of the biggest influences in the blather I have written to you ove the past 15 years of this blog. The past 2 days on CBC's Radio Q with Tom Powers have had a couple of musicans that hit me right in the heart. It inspired a series of work concentrating on the circle of life which I have always made BOLD in my work both top and bottom. The circle of life isn't smooth for everyone. Some have a smooth childhood, smooth educations, smooth marriages and a smooth road all the way. Some have gravel roads, ditches and mountains to climb to get out of what life dealt them. I really enjoyed the articulate and introspective interview Tom had with Neon Dreams Frankie Kadillac. Incidently Neon Dreams won Breakthrough Band of the Year at Canada's Juno Awards.
Sid is a queer artist based in Arizona, a ceramic sculptor who also does a bit of throwing.
The inspiration for his art started on the wall of his childhood bedroom, which was covered in magazine cutouts of shirtless male stars. The obsessions of a self-described “chubby gay kid who idolized male celebrities” evolved into a critique of the modern media’s interpretation of the male body.
Lets's celebrate the potter Scott Barnim, who finds himself now dating a very nice man, a place He could never imagine himself being in 40 years ago.
In Aesop's famous fable, The Grasshopper and the Ant, all summer long the ant labours away and when winter comes, she has enough food to survive. All summer long the grasshopper enjoys herself and is starving the next winter. The moral of the story is likely to have burnt itself into our consciousness, that relaxation can be dangerous.
But do these fears stand up to closer examination?
His aim is to situate his work at the intersections of tactility and fragility, anxiety and absurdity: to create objects which demand physical interaction, and that react to contemporary dialogues of queerness, embodying his own explorations of queer identity and belonging, the commodification of queer identity, and the reduction of queer meaning into object, form, and gesture.
Mitchell’s oeuvre, with its many allusions to the histories of art and ceramics, and to theories of gender, queerness.
I agree, goodbye so what pots, and hello bicycle journey adventures.
Andrew is a queer ceramic-based performance artist from Cuero and San Antonio, Texas.
Dustin Yager is a ceramic artist whose work deals with popular perceptions of pottery, taste, and class. Combining traditional materials and methods with explicit imagery, depictions of gay sex become cheeky adornment for his finely thrown porcelain forms. Yager actively engages with queer theory in his work.