In his first solo exhibition, Ben Medansky is working backwards. Starting with the prototypical conversation of function inherent to ceramics, Medansky interrogates the topic by depressing it–both literally and conceptually.
The objects in this exhibition are created using an extruder, an industrial machine that pushes malleable material through a die to create objects of a fixed, cross-sectional profile. The resulting material–vastly different from a wheel-thrown form–is the base. This is sculpted into playful forms then skillfully glazed with zigs and zags. There’s an effortless action in these works, highlighted by a serene and sometimes gestural finish.
This presentation is a collection of anthropomorphic ceramics that are equal parts languid, ardent, ceremonious and delicate.