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September 06, 1991 - Image 166

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-09-06

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1991

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The Sybaris Gallery will
kick off its 1991 fall season
with a show entitled "Cup As
A Metaphor," which opens
Sept. 7 and runs through Oct.
12. Twenty-four ceramic ar-
tists will participate.
This show is not about
utilitarian cups; its focus is on
cups of invention and adven-
ture. Many new styles of art
from nouveau to deco to
modernism and postmoder-
ism have emerged during this
century. Modern artists ap-
proach the cup as a primary
format for expression.
Two of the artists are Ron
Nagle and Ken Price. Both
have been working with the
idea of the cup since the
1960s.
Ron Nagle has concentrated
on the concept of the cup as
an open vessel that has both
inner and outer form and car-
ries reference to man, tradi-
tion and ceremony. He creates
the forms which are then slip-
cast, painted and fired, often
dozens of times, until the
right color which, accom-
panied by texture along with
diminutive size, creates a
sense of preciousness. In his
latest work, the surfaces of
the cups, in colors like
lavender, pink, loud yellow,
orange, institutional gray and
dead black are thick and
bumpy. There are no bottoms,
to make it incontrovertibly
clear that these cups do not
function.
Ken Price studied at the
Chouinard Art Institute in
1953-54 and at the Universi-
ty of Southern California
where he received a B.F.A. in
1956. In 1957-58 he was one
of the central participants in
the experiment taking place
at the Otis Institute under
the leadership of Peter
Voulkos. Seeking new ideas,
Mr. Price went to the New
State College of Ceramics at

Alfred University, Alfred,
N.Y., where he received his
M.F.A. in 1959. At this point,
he broke from his earlier for-
mat of the pot and began to
develop a personal sculptural
style, employing brightly
painted and glazed surfaces.
He began to deal with the cup
in the 60s.
Other artists in the show
who work with the cup form
are: Iry Tepper who perfected
a special technique involving
sanding; Marilyn Levine
known for her stoneware that
resembles leather or denim-
like surfaces; David Furman
whose cups are ornamented
with real-looking pencil
erasers and Louis Marak who
creates sculptural and
painterly pieces that give the
illusion of moving in and out
of space
Marilyn Lysohir's "The
Last Immigrant" cup is based
on a large installation piece
she created to memorialize
her mother's mother who died
in 1987 at age 99, the last
surviving grandparent of four
who emigrated from the
Ukraine; Belinda Gabryl
builds tiny pieces whose wild
forms take the shape of a tor-
nado evoking nightmarish
thoughts of powerful destruc-
tion and devastation. But
scale can work in two ways;
Sally Goodman quadrupled
the normal scale of the cup for
her 60"H stacked cup
sculptures which look like
they belong at a Mad Hatter's
tea party; Beth Changstrom
incorporates ordinary house-
hold objects into her com-
plicated three-dimensional
ceramic wall hangings.
The public is invited to the
opening reception of "Cup As
A Metaphor" on Sept. 7
5:30-7:30 p.m. The Sybaris
Gallery is at 301 W. Fourth
St., Royal Oak, Mich.,
544-3388.

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