LOCATION: Plinth Gallery - 3520 Brighton Blvd



  • Fri, Aug 2, 2019 - Sat, Sep 28, 2019

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Our exhibition for September continues with new ceramic work by Venezuelan born artist José Sierra. Sierra was introduced to ceramics at the University of the Andes in Mérida, Venezuela, where he learned the basic skills of ceramics. In 1996, José began working professionally as a sculptor in Mérida. In 2000, José moved to Iowa where he worked as an artist making sculpture and useable ceramics. He currently resides in New Mexico where he maintains a studio practice .Sierra's ceramic work is influenced by his past as well as his present surroundings. Images and memories of the Andean region of Venezuela, the textures and colors of the Andes and Catalinas mountains, pre-Columbian art and architecture are all important parts of his visual vocabulary. Working with altered wheel thrown porcelain and stoneware, his fluid forms are a canvass for brightly colored decoration and geometric pattern, his response to landscape and architecture. He also credits pre-Hispanic art and architecture and contemporary artists Jesús Soto, Alejandro Otero, Carlos Cruz Diez and Gego as influences on his work.

Plinth Gallery curator Jonathan Kaplan notes that, "Sierra's use of intense color, geometry, and softly shaped forms are innovative and exciting. His work is contemporary, voluptuous and alluring. I am extremely honored to exhibit his new work at the gallery."

José Sierra—New Ceramic Work opens at Plinth Gallery on Friday evening September 6, from 6pm to 9pm. The exhibition will be on view through September 28. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5pm and by appointment.

CRUSH Walls 2019 is also happening in the River North Art District, September 2-8 and is free and open to the public. For a second year, ceramic artists Jonathan Kaplan and Nan Kitchens will be installing a new architectural ceramic mural on the north wall of Plinth Gallery. This installation will be the second ceramic mural installed in the River North Art District. The first ceramic mural, "Porticus," was completed and installed at the entrance of the gallery courtyard for CRUSH Walls 2018.

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