Tristan Hoare is delighted to present Cracked, an exhibition curated by Leonie Mir and dedicated to hand-moulded ceramics made without the use of a wheel. By removing the structure provided by a wheel, the exhibition focuses on contemporary artists who construct, sculpt and mould clay, demonstrating what can be achieved with ‘a little bit of mud and a little bit of genius’ (Paul Gauguin).
Among the many artists we are exhibiting, we are excited to be including Shinichi Sawada’s ceramic creatures. Their eccentric, thorny exteriors are a mixture of historical totems and mass-manufactured motifs from popular culture. Powerful in a different way are Seni Awa Camara’s multi-headed figures made in rural Senegal on an open fire. The figures exude charisma, shaping stories dreamed or imagined by the artist. Equally unusual are Myung Jin Kim’s surreal forms inspired by nature which combine drawing, painting and sculpting in terracotta and make use of the ancient technique of building with coils.
Shawanda Corbett’s smooth and vibrantly coloured pairs are based on people she knows. One shape suggesting the personality, the other the appearance of the person and are made listening to different jazz records whose influence seeps into the appearance. Similarly skilful but more mischievous in her storytelling is Alma Berrow who uses ashtrays, cigarette butts and the paraphernalia of a good night-out to set the scene.
In recent years, more artists have begun working in clay and exploring its potential, presenting us with an opportunity to show their work alongside artists who have a longer relationship with the material and more experience of moulding by hand. The huge range of different approaches, materials, glazes, sizes and techniques will make this a vibrant and visually dynamic autumn exhibition!
Participating artists include:
Aaron Angell, Rafaela de Ascanio, Sam Bakewell, Alma Berrow, Amy Bessone, John Booth, Alison Britton, Tancredi di Carcaci, Tommaso Corvi-Mora, Karin Gulbran, Kazunori Hamana, Ruan Hoffmann, Richard Hudson, Takuro Kuwata, Setsuko Klossowska de Rola, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Christabel MacGreevy, Fausto Melotti, Mai-Thu Perret, Brian Rochefort, Sterling Ruby, Peter Schlesinger, Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye, Katy Stubbs, Kaori Tatebayashi, Alessandro Twombly, Ivan Terestchenko, Paloma Varga Weisz and Hannah Wilke, among others.
Read more in our Press Release below.