I have two new works in No End In Sight at Verge Center for the Arts in Sacramento, CA. This group exhibition includes works by five ceramic artists: Debra Broz, Cathy Lu, Paolo Mentasti, Cristina Tufiño, and Jordan Wong. In his curatorial statement, Daniel Alejandro Trejo says: "Clay production is perpetually moving from a finite craft towards a pluralistic field with increasing popularity in the context of contemporary visual culture. This expansion of the material allows for an abundance of possibilities for visual artists that are conceptually driven. With the erosion of material hierarchies established by institutional entities, the artists presented in this exhibition cultivate a broad aesthetic. This is ongoing discourse, and a method of agitating purist ideologies of clay and how they fit into the canon of contemporary ceramics. The limitations of building methods used in utilitarian objects, and the desire to navigate sculpture through a ceramic lens is tempting. “No End in Sight,” is a cross-disciplinary inquiry into contemporary clay, and its relationship with developing works that reconcile intertwined individual biographies, memories and environmental impact." The exhibit is open from March 12 - May 8, 2022. More information here. Below is "Predator & Prey" one of the works I created for the show.
The 360 tour and installation photos of my recent exhibition, Creature Comfort, are up on the Track 16 gallery website here. To navigate through the 360 tour click the white circles on the floor to get close to the works, and move your mouse to move and look around.
My work Hybrid: Dogwood Robin is featured in the new group exhibit Lynchland: Genre, Auteurism & a Fish in the Percolator at the Torrance Art Museum. This show features works that fall into the category “Lynchian” as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “juxtaposing surreal or sinister elements with mundane, everyday environments, and for using compelling visual images to emphasize a dreamlike quality of mystery or menace.” Curated by Steven Wolkoff and Tom Dunn, the show is on view through March 12.
There was a short profile and Q & A with me in L.A. Weekly earlier this month.
Read it here!
Thanks to Shana Nys Dambrot for featuring my work and new exhibition Creature Comfort!
My solo exhibition, Creature Comfort, opens this Saturday, December 4 at Track 16 gallery in Los Angeles. If you're in the Los Angeles area I hope to see you there!
About the exhibit:
Debra Broz’s new installation Creature Comfort features reconstructed ceramic figurines and found-object sculpture. Through the past year, Broz has been collecting, compiling and altering discarded furniture, unloved stuffed animals, and unwanted ceramic tchotchkes to create an abnormal world where misfits are held in high regard and ordinary, disregarded things become curiosities with confused and mysterious origins. With humor and tenderness, Broz twists the world of consumer trash and turns it into an uncanny place that speaks to the psychology of object attachment, science fiction, kitsch, and the malleability of identity and truth.
The exhibit will be on view through January 15. To preview the available work, visit the gallery website here.
I have three new sculptures up at SPRING/BREAK Art Show NYC opening this week! I'll be showing with Track 16 Gallery alongside Sandow Birk, Elyse Pignolet, Alicia Piller, Kris Rac, Camilla Taylor, Chris Ulivo, Cathy Ward, and Noa Yekutieli. The fair runs from Sept 8-13, and is located at 625 Madison Avenue. Track 16 is in Booth 1063. Tickets are available at www.springbreakartshow.com.
I created my works with the theme of Hearsay/Heresy in mind, and spent time thinking about Medieval illuminated manuscripts and reading Jorge Luis Borges' "Book of Imaginary Beings". The above sculpture, Leopard Chimera, is a combination eagle chick, leopard, and camel. There is a music box inside that plays "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" from the musical Oklahoma.
I'm a part of Solid Objects, an online group exhibit including artists Karolina Maszkiewicz, Donna Mccullough, and Cheryl Riley. The exhibit is curated by Patricia O. Miranda as part of the guest curator initiative of Now Be Here art. The title, Solid Objects, comes from a 1918 Virginia Woolf story about a man who abandons his political career to go on a search for objects.
From the curator: "This online exhibition presents the work of four artists whose unique artistic languages radically alter the ways in which we relate to objects. These works prompt a diverse range of emotional and aesthetic responses and invite a reflection about our personal and collective experiences. Debra’s Reconstructions combine and modify decorative ceramic figurines found at thrift stores to create new narratives that ponder on the complexity of our human psychology. " For this exhibit, each artist made short videos documenting a piece of their work. You can see all the works here.
Earlier this month I did an artist talk for the Greater Austin Clay Alliance (GACA) about my art practice, restoration work, and technical processes. It is now available to watch on YouTube here.