santiagogallery

Past Exhibitions — Permanent Collections

 
 

Wendy Walgate’s Solo Show (7.25.2010 — 9.29.2010)

 

 

Wendy Walgate studied at University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada and got her diploma in Ceramics in George Brown College in Toronto in 1986. After that she received M.A. in History of Art from University of Toronto and M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1994. She has worked as an instructor and a lecturer at: Ontario College of Art & Design, Concordia University, Nova Scotia School of Art & Design, etc. She had numerous solo exhibitions including <Symbol&Story>(2005), <Vivid>(2006), <Kid Stuff>(2007), <Exuberance>(2008) and attended a lot of group exhibitions. She won many awards for her artworks : ‘Dr. Allan Pollock Award’ from Convergence Juried Exhibition in 2005, ‘Best Ceramics Award’ from Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition in 2008, etc.

Roadmaster Wagon

 

 Shigeki Hayashi  Solo Show (July 1 — July29, 2009)  

Shigeki Hayashi, from Tajimi City, draws inspiration for his ceramic figures from science fiction, animated film, and Japanese comic books known as manga, all of which have attracted him since he was a child. He is from a region that is famous for the production of porcelain domestic ware in Japan, and he says “In order to express my ideas as art, I have found that porcelain is the best medium. However, I do not think of my works as ceramic pieces.” His haunting figures, like this “QP” doll in a space suit, suggest a deeper, hidden narrative within this universally recognizable variation on the traditional Kewpie doll from the west. In 2007 this Q.P received the important Medal of the President of the Chamber of Deputies at the Faenza International Competition for Contemporary Ceramics in Italy.  

 
koz-o

koz-o

 
koz-o

koz-o

 
Q.P

Q.P

 
 
Q.P

Q.P

 
Q.P

Q.P

Q.P

Q.P

 
 
 

Chang Hyun Bang  (April 20 — June 27, 2009)  

    

 Chang Hyun Bang was born in S.Korea. He received his BA in English Literature and a BFA in Ceramics at Kyung Hee University in Korea. Currently he is teaching ceramics as adjunct professor at SUNY New Paltz after completing his MFA in Ceramics at the State University of New York (SUNY) New Paltz. He has extensive national exhibition records which include recent one-person show at Smiley Art Gallery in New Paltz and group shows at Dorsky Gallery in Long Island City and Barrettee Art Center in Poughkeepsie. His works are derived from his personal journey in the world. Desire, strain, sense of loss, pathos, lunacy, hallucination, paradox, phobia, and obsession are the recurring themes in his artworks. Using the pig as a metaphor for the mentality of human beings, he places it in specific situations to allure the spectator to empathize with its plight.   

 
wednesday morning 3 a.m

wednesday morning 3 a.m

 
 
 
iger-igeriooo

iger-igeriooo

   

      

  

Sergei Isupov Solo Show( Jan/13- Feb/17, 2009)

 

Sergei Isupov emigrated from Estonia in 1994 and now lives in Cummington, Massachusetts. Relatively unknown in the United States, he arrived with a long international resume with work in collections and exhibitions throughout Northern Europe and the Baltics. He received immediate recognition among private collectors and shows at galleries, expositions and institutions throughout the United States.  Sergei’s current work is figurative in both form and content. His dreamlike, surreal narratives are self-portraits and auto-biographical. His visual vocabulary includes many personal symbols — anatomically accurate hands, feet and hearts, “tapir” like animals representing the beast, torn sections of the body to reveal an inner thought or hidden element and tattoo style decorative painting.  His work explores male and female relationships, which is often explored through graphic sexual images. Isupov constructs his work in porcelain using traditional handbuilding and sculpting techniques. He uses stains and glazes to contrast areas of intense drawings in black and white areas with colorfully glazed and painted sections.

a thousand years

a thousand years

 
mama

mama

 
 
to wait for

to wait for

 
 

    

Kim Simonsson  (Nov 23- Jan 3, 2009)  

    

    

I made my first sculpture out of snow in the backyard of my childhood home! I realized then that I can capture the sensitivity of movement through my hands. Ever since I have thought of myself as a sculptor who makes figures by hand. Finding the perfect movement has become the essence in my works.  

I combine traditional ceramic art with popular cultural phenomenon in large ceramic sculptures. For me he unusual is interesting. Therefore I create my own strange world of characters that comment on everyday life and its weirdness.  

The subject matters are usually children, animals or hybrids. An important detail in my sculptures are the eyes made out of glass. They give the figures a life like appearance.  

Authority in its many forms fascinate me and in my work I want to reverse the common beliefs by making the weak powerful.  

guardian angel

guardian angel

 
 
melting ear

melting ear

 
 
 
 
supporter

supporter

 
 

    

 Wouter Dam’s monochromatic sculptures seem to be inflated by the air that passes through them. Like a sail filled with wind, these hollow and open forms billow and swell. The ridges and curves that circumnavigate his work allude to hulls of seafaring ships, yet also refer to human form and classical vases.  

  

     

Wouter Dam( July 17- Nov 18, 2008)  

 Wouter Dam’ s work demonstrates a remarkable ability to combine sleek and undulating ceramic forms with soft and sensual color.He fuses planes and bulges, creating a compact small sculpture that has equal interest in interior and exterior form. The work seems to spring from several sources: classical vase form, reductive abstraction, and the natural world. The result is a marvelous and minimal blend of these things, a simple and elegant architecture.   

 Wouter Dam suggests that the work should be “just a vague memory of the real thing, just a hint. There should be enough room for the viewer to let his own imagination run free.” The artist was born in 1957 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Department of Ceramics.His work has been exhibited widely throughout the world, including Germany, Japan, France and his native Holland.His work is in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Musee des Arts Decoratif in Paris, and the Detroit Institute of Art.   

 
green piece

green piece

 
 
orange sculpture

orange sculpture

 
red sculpture

red sculpture

    

    

  

    

   

Jeremy Brooks (April 17 — June 20, 2008)  

    

    

There is a space that exists upon the tip-of-the-tongue, a site of profound intrinsic curiosity. Taste aside; it is concerned with imminence and inaccessibility, language and memory. Sometimes the first word out of our mouth is hardly a word at all, but rather an inarticulate sound that is more closely related to what we would identify as gesture. Suspended, held at the cusp of verbalization, there is something there and you feel it strongly. It is a haunting moment. According to Freud, the investigation of such a quality of feeling is more properly aesthetic than psychoanalytic in its scope and depth of inquiry. I find myself in a position to concur
My work is a sensuous exploration of that which is indeterminable in things.
  

greener green

greener green

 
 
 
 
green

green

 
 
 
The Gentleman Caller

The Gentleman Caller

    

  

    

Paul Sacaridiz( Nov 16- Jan 2, 2008)  

    

   

My current sculptural investigation and research centers around a long-term project entitled The Decorative City. Working with ceramic materials I am creating a series of works that examine the visual correlation between domestic objects such as decorative food molds and the actual structures of built architecture. Recalling the utopian plans of paper architecture, The Decorative City project depicts model cities of pure ornament and fantasy where decoration and pattern become structural, rather than simply surface. In designing these works I am creating abstracted, hybridized forms that read as both highly decorative and structural at the same time. These works then become situated within museum and gallery installations in such a way as to suggest an aerial view of an urban plan; a city of pure ornament and fantasy, where decoration and pattern becomes structure, rather than simply surface. From this elevated perspective, the decorative city is transformed from a place of crowded streets into an environment of fantasy structures
and illusive scale.
  

prospect

prospect

 
 
 
sprawl

sprawl

 
 
table top

table top

 
 

  

    

Thomas Muller( May 5- July 13, 2007)  

    

     

Statement  

    

“If you call this a stick, you affirm; if you call this not a stick, you negate. Beyond affirmation and negation what would you call it?”  

 — Tai-hui, 12th centruy Buddhist monk.  

    

 Within my work I create analogous relationships between seemingly disparate objects or images. Through these absurd associations I hope to bring forth essential similarities and centuate opposites in order to create a visual and conceptual tension. I hope to strip these objects (words, symbols, ideas, materials etc.) down to their own bare essentials, to point to the fragility of “objectness” and the tenuousness of meaning.  

    

“I demand that he who still refuses…to see a horse galloping on a tomato should be looked upon as a cretin.”  

— Andre Breton, 20th century Surrealist  

still life

still life

still life detail

still life detail

  

 
 
cotton ball

cotton ball

  

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