Brian Kakas

Brian Kakas Contemporary ceramic artist

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Appropriate means of creatively adapting to continual changes have been expressed though practices of art, architecture, science and technology. In this new body of ceramic works, entitled “Tectonic Perceptions”, the intentions are incorporating methodologies and theories from the mentioned practices to create a “new nature” in structural design for ceramic objects. The pieces seek to celebrate the versatility of clay with an aim of fostering new realizations of architectural space. Travels throughout Asia and an array of rich cultural experiences in China have brought about new realizations within the artist’s mind and perceptions of cultural identity, history and space.

These relationships have allowed the artist to explore relationships between the strong elements of tradition and modern identities rapidly evolving around the world. Explorations of these interrelationships and the intentions of the maker and his material have led to the new structural ceramic designs. Through his aspired process of invention, it is the artist’s intent to find a natural form by staying true to chosen materials and their inherent properties. The artist is in pursuit of finding and establishing a formal vocabulary that allows sculptural vessels to exhibit qualities of both unique and handcrafted objects of traditional cultures with that of machine made and mass-produced objects of our contemporary society.

Brian Kakas is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Northern Michigan University. He received his MFA in ceramics from The University of Notre Dame in 2007.

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Brian Kakas: Tectonic Perceptions - Hull Series, side view, 2011. White stoneware, slab built, 31” H x 21”W x 24”L, Anagama Fired

Brian Kakas: Tectonic Perceptions - Hull Series, side view, 2011. White stoneware, slab built, 31” H x 21”W x 24”L, Anagama Fired

Brian Kakas: Tectonic Perceptions #10, 2010. White stoneware, slab built, 24”H x18”W x 19”L, Cone 9 Reduction

Brian Kakas: Tectonic Perceptions #10, 2010. White stoneware, slab built, 24”H x18”W x 19”L, Cone 9 Reduction

Brian Kakas: Tectonic Perceptions #9, alternative view, 2010. White stoneware, slab built, 31”H x23”W x 33”L, Cone 9 Reduction

Brian Kakas: Tectonic Perceptions #9, alternative view, 2010. White stoneware, slab built, 31”H x23”W x 33”L, Cone 9 Reduction

Brian Kakas: Tectonic Perceptions #7, 2010. White stoneware, slab built,  33”H x 26”W x 28”L, Cone 9 Reduction

Brian Kakas: Tectonic Perceptions #7, 2010. White stoneware, slab built,  33”H x 26”W x 28”L, Cone 9 Reduction

Brian Kakas: Tectonic Perceptions – Wing Series, 2011White stoneware, slab built, 29” H x 24”W x 24”L, Anagama Fired

Brian Kakas: Tectonic Perceptions – Wing Series, 2011
White stoneware, slab built, 29” H x 24”W x 24”L, Anagama Fired

Brian Kakas: Dimensional Transitions Series #5, 2008White Stoneware, slab built, 43” H x 28”W x 35”L, Cone 7 Reduction

Brian Kakas: Dimensional Transitions Series #5, 2008
White Stoneware, slab built, 43” H x 28”W x 35”L, Cone 7 Reduction

Brian Kakas: Dimensional Transitions Series #4, 2008White Stoneware, slab built, 44” H x 34”W x 37”L, Cone 7 Reduction

Brian Kakas: Dimensional Transitions Series #4, 2008
White Stoneware, slab built, 44” H x 34”W x 37”L, Cone 7 Reduction

Brian Kakas: Dimensional Transitions Series #3, 2008White Stoneware, slab built, 38” H x 29”W x 33”L, Cone 7 Reduction

Brian Kakas: Dimensional Transitions Series #3, 2008
White Stoneware, slab built, 38” H x 29”W x 33”L, Cone 7 Reduction

Brian Kakas: Tectonic Perceptions – Nautilus Series, Detail image, 2011White stoneware, slab built, 32” H x 23”W x 24”L, Anagama Fired

Brian Kakas: Tectonic Perceptions – Nautilus Series, Detail image, 2011
White stoneware, slab built, 32” H x 23”W x 24”L, Anagama Fired

Brian Kakas: Tectonic Perceptions – Nautilus Series, 2011White stoneware, slab built, 32” H x 23”W x 24”L, Anagama Fired

Brian Kakas: Tectonic Perceptions – Nautilus Series, 2011
White stoneware, slab built, 32” H x 23”W x 24”L, Anagama Fired

Brian Kakas: Tectonic Perceptions #6, 2010White stoneware, slab built, 29”H x 26”W x 24”L, Cone 9 Reduction

Brian Kakas: Tectonic Perceptions #6, 2010
White stoneware, slab built, 29”H x 26”W x 24”L, Cone 9 Reduction

Brian Kakas: Tectonic Perceptions #4, 2010White stoneware, slab built, 32”H x 25”W x 23”L, Cone 9 Reduction

Brian Kakas: Tectonic Perceptions #4, 2010
White stoneware, slab built, 32”H x 25”W x 23”L, Cone 9 Reduction

Brian Kakas: Architectonics – Wing, wall mount, 2011White stoneware, slab built, 35”L x 22”W x 15”H, Cone 04 Oxidation

Brian Kakas: Architectonics – Wing, wall mount, 2011
White stoneware, slab built, 35”L x 22”W x 15”H, Cone 04 Oxidation

Brian Kakas: Architectonics – Nautilus Improv 2, alternative side view, 2011White stoneware, slab built, 26”L x 23”W x 33”H, Cone 04 Oxidation

Brian Kakas: Architectonics – Nautilus Improv 2, alternative side view, 2011
White stoneware, slab built, 26”L x 23”W x 33”H, Cone 04 Oxidation