Archive for August 2012
Some of you may already know that Adrian Saxe gave a lecture this past May at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater as part of UCLA’s visiting artist lecture series. Adrian spoke about his artistic practice and career, as well as his position as a Professor of Art at UCLA.
In case you weren’t able to make it out to the Hammer and hear from Adrian in person, don’t worry! You won’t have to miss a thing – the lecture was filmed and is now available on the Hammer’s website. It’s well worth a look, and is a great opportunity for anyone who couldn’t attend the live event to hear Adrian reflect on his inventive works in ceramics.
Working and exhibiting since the 1970s, Adrian Saxe has sought to reinvent and bring up-to-date a role for ceramic art that employs decorative art conventions to mirror, comment upon, and redirect social and cultural expectations surrounding a number of topical themes.
Peter Schjeldahl, poet, and art critic for The New Yorker, has written beautifully and perceptively about his work, writing that “Saxe is a virtuoso in sharp focus and at a screaming pitch, nothing if not overbearing. His fantastically ornate vessels, their academic orders exaggerated, are spectacularly skilled, harshly jokey, and show-off erudite. Saxe’s ceramics are engines of simultaneous seduction and insult. This work that can be neither resisted nor succumbed to is a sort of materialized, exploded history and philosophy of ceramics, putting into play disparate lore and analysis of the medium. Saxe makes of the collectibles trade an improbable site of reflection on civilization and its discontents.”
For more information about Adrian Saxe and his work, visit the following links.