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Peter Voulkos: Building Sculpture

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Since I’ve been posting about architecture this week, I thought it might be time to include a review of Peter Voulkos’ monumental works. What’s the connection?  In 1999, the gallery presented a major show of sculpture by Voulkos.  L.A. Times critic Christopher Knight addressed the “seemingly effortless artistic mastery” of the work. Knight also made reference to the process of building:

“Artistically, Voulkos is a builder. Whether hand-held tea bowls, plates displayed on stands made from steel rebar or monumental vessels, his sculptural objects share a visceral sense of having been constructed, torn down, rebuilt, pulled apart and put together yet again. The elemental associations of the clay medium are acknowledged and exploited, not denied, while clay’s transformative capacity under the intense heat of fire becomes a leitmotif in the building process Voulkos employs.”

From “Peter Voulkos’ Vessels Stack Up as Monumental Gems,” by Christopher Knight. Los Angeles Times, Art Review, Friday, November 26, 1999.

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Written by Frank Lloyd

November 25, 2009 at 1:44 am

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  1. this is fantastic.
    Thanks for sharing

    kseverny

    November 25, 2009 at 3:16 am

  2. Wow thats really cool. i remember being in school making things out of clay. I still have a really old clay cup i made for my mom when i was in second grade : )

    Sarah Tice

    September 23, 2010 at 7:46 pm


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