__MAIN_TEXT__

Page 1

Jeff

S ha piro

A Creative Journey


1

JEFF SHAPIRO A Creative Journey April 4 – 25, 2020

Video Walkthrough and Artist talk Available online by April 4, 2020

L. Lacoste Gallery 25 Main St. Concord, MA 01742 lacostegallery.com info@lacostegallery.com


3

JEFF SHAPIRO | A CREATIVE JOURNEY

ARTIST STATEMENT

Lacoste/Keane Gallery, now L. Lacoste Gallery is pleased to present JEFF SHAPIRO: A CREATIVE JOURNEY APRIL 4 - 25, 2020, the fifth solo exhibition of this internationally recognized ceramic artist at this gallery. This exhibition celebrates the artist’s long involvement with the Gallery including the curation of five major themed exhibitions, two of which were collaborations with the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Ceramic Department at Harvard University.

I ‘look’ with the intent of perceiving the artistic elements of what I am viewing rather than the intellectual dissection of information. To that end, I want to be moved and inspired, and respond to the experiences I encounter.

This is the first time that Shapiro will show works from two new series: Oribe Reborn and Ice Flow. Seemingly different in surface color and effect, the two series have much in common. Both are fired first in the anagama tunnel kiln and then subsequently fired at least once more in other kilns with thick applications of glaze; Oribe for the green colors and a semi-translucent white glaze for the Ice Flow. Rich greens from the Oribe are difficult to obtain. Shapiro is looking for a spectrum of green from translucent mossy greens to turquoise blue which is the result of thick buildup of glaze. It is similar for the Ice Flow series as well that the glaze is pooled in the application, sometimes an inch or more in depth to create the feeling of ice flowing over stone formations. There are also a number of recent works from the anagama wood firing with the effects of heavy ash and fire. Jeff Shapiro’s creative journey began in 1971 when he traveled extensively in the East and Mideast. From 1973 – 1981 he studied the ceramic arts in Japan under the auspices of a Japanese patron, building his first kiln and making lifelong friendships with ceramic artists who have become the major stars of today. He was mentored by Isezaki Jun, now Living National Treasure of Bizen. Since returning to America, Shapiro continues to carve his own path following his inner direction apart from tradition. Jeff Shapiro was born in the Bronx, NY in 1949. He presently works and lives in upstate New York with his wife Hinako. His work has been exhibited internationally in Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Switzerland, Canada, England, and Japan. His work can be found in numerous Museum collections including: The Carlo Zauli Museum, Faenza, Italy, The Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, The Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY, The Fuller Museum, Brockton, MA and the Longhouse Foundation, East Hampton, New York.

I approach the process of making as a creative process giving myself the freedom to improvise and discover. I challenge myself to keep the work alive and evolving. I believe that if I do not approach the work in this way, then the work stagnates and will precipitate the beginning of the end which leads to a slow downhill slide. Though I am predominantly working in the wood fire genre at present, I choose to utilize whatever technique, tool or process necessary to best resolve the finished work. I challenge myself to be in a place or mental state of ‘abandonment’, devoting more energy to understanding the harmony that should exist between the maker, the concept, material, tools, and processes, and then learning to ‘let go’ rather than try to force something to happen. My recent work is the manifestation of this perception whether it be in tea bowls and sake cups, or solid sculpture. I respond to the beauty that exists in the imperfections of nature; A torn leaf… a crack in a cement wall… a twisted branch…a shaft of lightning cutting through the night sky, all have the potential to be dimensions of beauty that feed the artistic soul and creative process. Jeff Shapiro


4

ORIBE REBORN

Jeff Shapiro

Sculptural Vessel, Oribe Reborn, 2020 Stoneware 21h x 12w x 7.50d in

5


6

7

Jeff Shapiro

Vessel, Oribe Reborn, 2020 Stoneware 9h x 7.50w x 6d i

Jeff Shapiro

Sculpture, Oribe Reborn, 2020 Stoneware 16h x 16w x 3.50d in


8

9

Jeff Shapiro

Slice, Oribe Reborn, 2020 Stoneware 10.50h x 21w x 4.50d in


10

11

Jeff Shapiro

Sculpture, Oribe Reborn, 2020 Stoneware 17.50h x 18w x 3d in

Jeff Shapiro

Sculpture, Oribe Reborn, 2020 Stoneware 12h x 16w x 4d in


12

13

Jeff Shapiro

Vessel, Oribe Reborn, 2020 Stoneware 7.75h x 8w x 7.25d in

Jeff Shapiro

Ice Bucket, Oribe Reborn, 2020 Stoneware 12h x 12w x 11.50d in


ICE FLOW

14

Jeff Shapiro

Sculpture Side 1, Ice Flow Series with Stand, 2020 Stoneware 18.50h x 16w x 7d in

15

Jeff Shapiro

Sculpture, Ice Flow Series, 2020 Stoneware 10h x 10.50w x 7d in


16

17

TEA BOWLS

Jeff Shapiro

Tea Bowl View 1, Black with Feldspar, 2020 Stoneware 3.50h x 5w x 5.50d in

Jeff Shapiro

Tea Bowl View 1, Black with Textural Lines, 2020 Stoneware 3.25h x 5w x 5d in

Jeff Shapiro

Tea Bowl View 1, White to Grey with Black Brush, 2020 Stoneware 3.25h x 5w x 4.75d in


18

Jeff Shapiro

Tea Bowl View 1, Amber with Ivory, 2020 Stoneware 3h x 5w x 4.50d in

19

Jeff Shapiro

Tea Bowl View 1, White Over Amber with Imprinted Textural Lines, 2020 Stoneware 3.25h x 5w x 4.75d in

Jeff Shapiro

Teabowl View 1, Bronze Shino with Brown Lines, 2020 Stoneware 3h x 5.25w x 5d in

Jeff Shapiro

Tea Bowl View 1, Pitted Shino with Finger Marks, 2020 stoneware wood fired 3.25h x 5w x 5.25d in


20

21

SAKE CUP

Jeff Shapiro

Sake Cup, Grey Green w Glass, 2020 Stoneware 2h x 3.25w x 3d in

Jeff Shapiro

Sake Cup, Grey w Green, 2020 Stoneware 1.50h x 3w x 2.25d in

Jeff Shapiro

Sake Cup, Grey w Crackle, 2020 Stoneware 1.75h x 2.75w x 2.50d in


22

23

1.

Jeff Shapiro

2.

1. Sake Cup, Green Straight, 2020 Stoneware wood-fired 2h x 2.25w x 2.50d in 2. Sake Cup, White Crackle w Shino, 2020 Stoneware 1.75h x 2.75w x 2.50d in 3. Sake Cup, Dark Ash Brown, 2020 Stoneware wood-fired 1.75h x 2.75w x 2.25d in

3.

4.

Jeff Shapiro

4. Sake Cup, Shino with Ash, 2020 Stoneware, Wood-fired 2.25h x 3.25w x 3d in 5. Sake Cup, Shino Crackle, 2020 Stoneware, Wood-fired 2h x 2.75w x 2.50d in 6. Sake Cup, Shino, 2020 Stoneware, Wood-fired 2h x 2.75w x 2.50d in

5.

6.


24

25

ANAGAMA

Jeff Shapiro

Sculptural Platter, Woodfired, 2020 Stoneware 29.50h x 31w x 5d in

Jeff Shapiro

Ice Bucket, Black, 2020 Stoneware 10.50h x 10.50w x 10d in


26

27

Jeff Shapiro

Anagama Vessel with Drips, 2020 Stoneware 12.75h x 8.50w x 8.50d in

Jeff Shapiro

Sheild, Gold Shino, 2020 Stoneware 15h x 9w x 7d in


28

29

Jeff Shapiro

Sculpture With Ash, 2020 Stoneware 13h x 17w x 6.50d in

Jeff Shapiro

Tall Sculpture, Wood Fired, 2020 22.75h x 7w x 4d in


30

31

Jeff Shapiro

Sculpture, 2020 Stoneware a18h x 8w x 5.50d in

Jeff Shapiro

Tall Sculpture, Shino, 2020 Stoneware 22.50h x 8.50w x 5d in


32

33

ORIBE ANAGAMA

Jeff Shapiro

Stone Formation, 2007 Stoneware, Wood-fired Oribe 15h x 18w x 4.50d in


34

25 Main St Concord MA 01742 | T: +1 978 369 0278 | E: info@lacostegallery.com

Profile for Lucy Lacoste Gallery

Jeff Shapiro: A Creative Journey  

Jeff Shapiro: A Creative Journey L. Lacoste Gallery

Jeff Shapiro: A Creative Journey  

Jeff Shapiro: A Creative Journey L. Lacoste Gallery

Advertisement