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Dirk Staschke Nature Morte Winston W채chter Seattle & AMOCA!

“Dutch still life paintings, sometimes called Vanitas, are concerned with the futility of pleasure and the certainty of death. Religious in nature, the paintings also confer the belief that this world is somehow less real than the one that awaits. It is this modulation between the real and illusionistic that most interests me and ultimately makes my work about perception. I endeavor to explore the space in between sculpture and painting that neither medium can occupy alone. Look behind a painting and the illusion of space is lost. My work seeks to give that space a tangible form. The knowable gives way to a backdrop of structures that exist in support and in reaction to its creation. Representation becomes a departure point and a foil for examining skill and craft.   My latest investigations have taken me directly to painting. The notion of futility is key in the Vanitas tradition. I look to translate that futility into an artistic gesture by rendering what is representational and static in the fluid medium of glaze, knowing that what is painstakingly depicted will change beyond my control once fired. It captures a fleeting moment reminiscent of the temporal nature of life presented in Vanitas painting. Ironically, history has shown fired ceramic to be among the most permanent materials in existence. The act of creation gives meaning to life no matter how brief. Futility gives way to optimism.” - Dirk Staschke Nature Morte Statement


Flux 1 2016 Ceramic, wood, epoxy 23 x 21 x 17 inches

Flux 2, 2016, ceramic, 19 x 25 x 3 inches

Soliloquy 1, 2016, Ceramic, wood, epoxy, 17 x 20 x 15 inches

Flux 4 2016 ceramic 27 x 22 x 3 inches

Opposite page: Flux 4 detail

Installation view, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Soliloquy 2 2016 Ceramic, wood, epoxy 27 x 18 x 12 inches (front and back)

Soliloquy 3 2016 ceramic, wood, epoxy 29 x 24 x 16 inches (front and back)

Birds In Hand, 2014, wood, leather, epoxy, 58 x 40 x 9 inches

Birds In Hand (Detail)

A Confection 2014 ceramic 24 x 19 x 6 inches

Passing Time, 2011-2016, ceramic, wood, acrylic sheet, 8 x 14 x 14 inches

Installation view, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Wishing Well Knowing, 2011, ceramic and mixed media, 74 x 48 x 48 inches

Let Them Eat Cake 2013 ceramic, silver tray, urethane 22 x 28 x 20 inches

My Beautiful Nothing. 2010, ceramic epoxy, mixed media, 84 x 48 x 48 inches

My Beautiful Nothing (Detail) Â

Consuming Allegory, 2012, ceramic, wood, epoxy, 76 x 64 x 30 inches

Swan Song, 2009, ceramic, mixed media, 20 x 27 x 12 inches

Installation view, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Dirk Staschke Born 1971 Huntsville, Alabama Education 1998 Alfred University, Alfred, NY, Master of Fine Arts Degree 1995 University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL, Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree   Selected Solo Exhibitions 2016 Nature Morte, AMOCA, Pomona, CA 2015 Executing Merit, Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, WA 2013 Sated, Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, WA 2012 Falling Feels A Lot Like Flying, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue WA 2009 Making Arrangements, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2006 Ornament, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2004 Politics of Clay, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2003 John Elder Gallery, New York, NY   Selected Group Exhibitions 2013 The 28th Alabama Clay Conference, Birmingham Art Museum, Birmingham, AL 2012 Shifting Paradigms, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX Enough is as good as a feast, Gallery Jones, Vancouver, BC 2010 Bellevue Biennial, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA Hermaphrodite, Ferrin Gallery/Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA Portraiture Beyond Likeness, Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Gallery, Wayne, PA 2009 5th World Ceramic Exposition Biennial, Gwango-dong, South Korea New Works, Two person show, Gallery Jones, Vancouver, British Columbia SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL with Wexler Gallery 2008 Confrontational Ceramics, Westchester Arts Council, White Plains, NY A Human Impulse, Arizona State University Museum, Tempe, Arizona (In) (In) Between, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2006 Edges of Grace, The Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA Body and Mind, Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY 2005 Politics as Usual, The Yager Museum of Art and Culture, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY Vanitas, Lacost Gallery, Concord, MA Renwick Art Alliance, Washington, DC

2004 2003 2002




Bare Clay, Ceramic Nudes in 20th Century Art, Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY Poetics of Clay, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Beaumont TX Ceramic Masterworks, Moderne Gallery, Philadelphia, PA SOFA Exhibition, Chicago, IL, w/ Helen Drutt Galley Ceramic Artists of the Northeast, The Slater Museum, Norwich, CT New Talent: New Work, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA Gallery Group Plus, Helen Drutt Galley, Philadelphia, PA Craft at the Turn of the Millennium, The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ Reunion, Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia, PA The Figure Show, Pewabic Pottery Gallery, Detroit, MI Emerging Artists, John Elder Gallery, New York, NY Political Clay, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA Spaces: Interior and Exterior, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA Block Hall Gallery, 2 Person show, University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL Rendezvous 99, Invitational, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE Looking In The Mirror, Aspects of Figurative Ceramics, Riley Hawk Gallery, OH Artists on their Own, National Competition, The Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY

Collections The Smithsonian, American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC Icheon Museum, World Ceramic Center, Gwango-dong, South Korea The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX Fuller Museum, Brocktom, MA Birmingham Art Museum, Birmingham, AL The Birchfield Penny Museum ASU Art Museum, Tempe, AZ The International Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred, NY Southern Progress Corporate Collection, Birmingham, AL Grants and Awards 2015 Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant 2012 Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant, third place City of Bellevue, Special project grant, Bellevue, WA 2011 Canada Council for the Arts, Production Grant 2010 Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial winner, John & Joyce Price Award of Excellence

Back: Handmade 3D Print, 2015, ceramic, 20 x 22 x 14 inches


Dirk Staschke Nature Morte, Winston Wächter Seattle and AMOCA