24 November 2012

V&A (Contemporary Ceramics)

(Gorden Baldwin-Vessel from a Quartet II, 2004-2005)

(Gorden Baldwin-Vessel from a Quartet II, 2004-2005)

(Ken Eastman-November Night, 2002) 

(Ken Eastman-November Night, 2002) 

(Ken Eastman-November Night, 2002) 

(Martin Bodilsen Kaldahi-Dazzle Vessel 3, 2003)


(Martin Bodilsen Kaldahi-Dazzle Vessel 3, 2003)

(Martin Smith-Presence and Absence No.2, 1998)

(Martin Smith-Presence and Absence No.2, 1998)

(Martin Smith-Serial Dialogue in Fifteen Parts, 2007)

(Martin Smith-Serial Dialogue in Fifteen Parts, 2007)

Last week I was in London for a short time, I had not been to the V&A Museum for quite some time so I went inside to have a quick look, but I especially went in to see the ceramics and see if anything had changed. 

I did not see any big noticaible changes to the ceramics collection there, I still worked my way through the endless presentation of ceramic pieces enclosed in glass cases till I came into the Contemporary Ceramics room. There I saw work from artists such as Gorden Baldwin, Ken Eastman, Martin Bodilsen Kaldahi and Martin Smith. This time I was particularly drawn to these artists works because I could see a connection between all their work. Most of the work is of a vessel form, they all seem to occupy/utilise space which in turn made me want to investigate the work further and colour also seems to be an important feature in either focusing the eye to different parts of inside or outside of the form or in a way braking up the form. It is interesting in seeing multiple ways in which the vessel can be reinvented and presented to display sculptural characteristics, they seem to take on some other presence.  

However looking at this work a notable feature is its reference to architecture, as I find my self recognising in the works aspects of geometry either in form or colour. More and more I find myself being drawn to this type of work and being able to formulate connections. I think fundamentally why I drawn to this type of work is because it invites me to move around it and explore. It is a type of curiosity, leaving me to make my own judgements about what I am seeing as everything I have mentioned is I guess my own interpretation and another person's experience of the work will probably be different to mine, there is no definitive answer to what is being seen.  

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