Frank Lloyd’s blog

Art, architecture and the people that I know.

Klein Bottles by Adrian Saxe

with one comment

FSE057 copyThe question of functionality is one that is raised frequently for artists who work with ceramic materials. The long tradition of vessel-making often leaves viewers with the expectation that ceramic objects will fulfill their implied purpose. The production of ceramic artworks that cannot be used, or can only be used with great risk, even when they meet the formal requirements of functional objects, is one strategy used by artists to examine the legacy of vessels in the field of ceramics.

Adrian Saxe has spent his career FSE056 copyexploring the history of ceramic traditions and techniques. His fantastically ornate, often vessel-oriented works push viewers to imagine them in use. With impractical handles, delicate spouts, and decorative lids, many of his works maintain the vocabulary of functional objects but cannot be safely used.

Saxe’s series of Klein Bottles, mounted on raku bases, push the question of the ostensibly functional vessel even further. As a volumetric manifestation of the Mobius strip, the Klein bottle has only one surface. The exterior and interior of these forms are one and the same, as they turn in on themselves. Although a Klein bottle cannot truly exist in three dimensions, these works demonstrate the mathematical concept, while at the same time confounding viewers’ expectations about the purpose of a container.

Advertisements

Written by Frank Lloyd

June 3, 2014 at 11:05 pm

One Response

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. Didn’t know what a Klein Bottle was, but i looked it up. thank you!!! Loved the show yesterday–the Beatrice Wood pieces are,in my opinion, immortal. that’s what led me to your blog.
    thanks. : )

    Elizabeth Nees

    June 26, 2014 at 8:46 pm


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s