Arlene Shechet

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Arlene Shechet’s modeled surfaces demonstrate how clay mirrors the artist’s touch. Her objects bear the mark and memory of her hands. The sculpture’s bulges, hollows, spouts, and holes evoke bodily features, and as the artist notes, are “suggestive of the curving forms found in classical Indian sculpture.” By coating the clay with eccentric color combinations and metallic glazes—created with an experimental disregard for traditional firing temperatures—Shechet not only fractures the objects’ surfaces but also undermines any single association with nature. Seeming to expand and deflate like a breath, Shechet’s dynamic works continually transform, as they reappear anew moment by moment.

Born in New York City, Arlene Shechet received her BA from New York University and her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been exhibited at numerous venues, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (2009), the Walker Art Center (2009), the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2008), the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (2008), the Rubin Museum of Art, New York (2007), Real Art Ways, Hartford (2005), and Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (2003). She has created on-site installations at the United States Embassy, Beijing (2008), Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, Woodstock (2007), the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York (2001), and elsewhere.

 

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Shamai Gibsh: Installation “Stelae 2011”, detail, 235x213x55 cm. Stoneware, Terra sigillata, Saggar firing.

Shamai Gibsh: Installation “Stelae 2011”, detail, 235x213x55 cm. Stoneware, Terra sigillata, Saggar firing.

Overthrown: Linda Sormin, Mine (i hear him unclip me / blood runs cold), detail, 2010–11.    Glazed ceramic; souvenir kitsch; and studio remnants from Tim Berg,    Gerit Grimm, Nathan Craven, Robyn Gray, and Ted Yoon. Photo by Jeff    Wells. #3

Overthrown: Linda Sormin, Mine (i hear him unclip me / blood runs cold), detail, 2010–11. Glazed ceramic; souvenir kitsch; and studio remnants from Tim Berg, Gerit Grimm, Nathan Craven, Robyn Gray, and Ted Yoon. Photo by Jeff Wells. #3

Overthrown: Linda Sormin, Mine (i hear him unclip me / blood runs cold), detail, 2010–11.    Glazed ceramic; souvenir kitsch; and studio remnants from Tim Berg,    Gerit Grimm, Nathan Craven, Robyn Gray, and Ted Yoon. Photo by Jeff    Wells. #2

Overthrown: Linda Sormin, Mine (i hear him unclip me / blood runs cold), detail, 2010–11. Glazed ceramic; souvenir kitsch; and studio remnants from Tim Berg, Gerit Grimm, Nathan Craven, Robyn Gray, and Ted Yoon. Photo by Jeff Wells. #2

Overthrown: Linda Sormin, Mine (i hear him unclip me / blood runs cold), detail, 2010–11.    Glazed ceramic; souvenir kitsch; and studio remnants from Tim Berg,    Gerit Grimm, Nathan Craven, Robyn Gray, and Ted Yoon. Photo by Jeff    Wells.

Overthrown: Linda Sormin, Mine (i hear him unclip me / blood runs cold), detail, 2010–11. Glazed ceramic; souvenir kitsch; and studio remnants from Tim Berg, Gerit Grimm, Nathan Craven, Robyn Gray, and Ted Yoon. Photo by Jeff Wells.

Overthrown: Linda Sormin, Mine (i hear him unclip me / blood runs cold), 2010–11.   Glazed ceramic; souvenir kitsch; and studio remnants from Tim Berg,   Gerit Grimm, Nathan Craven, Robyn Gray, and Ted Yoon. Photo by Jeff   Wells.

Overthrown: Linda Sormin, Mine (i hear him unclip me / blood runs cold), 2010–11. Glazed ceramic; souvenir kitsch; and studio remnants from Tim Berg, Gerit Grimm, Nathan Craven, Robyn Gray, and Ted Yoon. Photo by Jeff Wells.

Overthrown: Paul Sacaridiz, An Incomplete Articulation (detail), 2011. Porcelain, powder-coated aluminum, steel, paper, cut vinyl, and wood. Photo by Jeff Wells.

Overthrown: Paul Sacaridiz, An Incomplete Articulation (detail), 2011. Porcelain, powder-coated aluminum, steel, paper, cut vinyl, and wood. Photo by Jeff Wells.

Overthrown: Mia Mulvey, Mast Year (detail), 2011. Stoneware, porcelain, cable ties, and pins. Photo by Jeff Wells.

Overthrown: Mia Mulvey, Mast Year (detail), 2011. Stoneware, porcelain, cable ties, and pins. Photo by Jeff Wells.

Overthrown: Martha Russo and Katie Caron, Apoptosis, 2010–11. Porcelain,  paper clay, glaze materials, colored pigments, assorted  tools, steel  and hardware, silicone, LED Lights, compact fluorescents,  electrical  cables, wires and conductors, utility poles, abaca paper,  beeswax.

Overthrown: Martha Russo and Katie Caron, Apoptosis, 2010–11. Porcelain, paper clay, glaze materials, colored pigments, assorted tools, steel and hardware, silicone, LED Lights, compact fluorescents, electrical cables, wires and conductors, utility poles, abaca paper, beeswax.

Overthrown: Martha Russo and Katie Caron, Apoptosis (detail), 2010–11.  Porcelain, paper clay, glaze materials, colored pigments, assorted   tools, steel and hardware, silicone, LED Lights, compact fluorescents,   electrical cables, wires and conductors, utility poles, abaca paper,   beeswax. #2

Overthrown: Martha Russo and Katie Caron, Apoptosis (detail), 2010–11. Porcelain, paper clay, glaze materials, colored pigments, assorted tools, steel and hardware, silicone, LED Lights, compact fluorescents, electrical cables, wires and conductors, utility poles, abaca paper, beeswax. #2

Overthrown: Martha Russo and Katie Caron, Apoptosis (detail), 2010–11. Porcelain, paper clay, glaze materials, colored pigments, assorted  tools, steel and hardware, silicone, LED Lights, compact fluorescents,  electrical cables, wires and conductors, utility poles, abaca paper,  beeswax.

Overthrown: Martha Russo and Katie Caron, Apoptosis (detail), 2010–11. Porcelain, paper clay, glaze materials, colored pigments, assorted tools, steel and hardware, silicone, LED Lights, compact fluorescents, electrical cables, wires and conductors, utility poles, abaca paper, beeswax.

Overthrown:   Clare Twomey, Collecting the edges. 2011. Red clay dust. Site-specific   project for the Denver Art Museum supported by Jana and Fred Bartlit.   Photo by Jeff Wells. #6

Overthrown: Clare Twomey, Collecting the edges. 2011. Red clay dust. Site-specific project for the Denver Art Museum supported by Jana and Fred Bartlit. Photo by Jeff Wells. #6

Overthrown:   Clare Twomey, Collecting the edges. 2011. Red clay dust. Site-specific   project for the Denver Art Museum supported by Jana and Fred Bartlit.   Photo by Jeff Wells. #5

Overthrown: Clare Twomey, Collecting the edges. 2011. Red clay dust. Site-specific project for the Denver Art Museum supported by Jana and Fred Bartlit. Photo by Jeff Wells. #5

Overthrown:   Clare Twomey, Collecting the edges. 2011. Red clay dust. Site-specific   project for the Denver Art Museum supported by Jana and Fred Bartlit.   Photo by Jeff Wells. #4

Overthrown: Clare Twomey, Collecting the edges. 2011. Red clay dust. Site-specific project for the Denver Art Museum supported by Jana and Fred Bartlit. Photo by Jeff Wells. #4

Overthrown:   Clare Twomey, Collecting the edges. 2011. Red clay dust. Site-specific   project for the Denver Art Museum supported by Jana and Fred Bartlit.   Photo by Jeff Wells. #3

Overthrown: Clare Twomey, Collecting the edges. 2011. Red clay dust. Site-specific project for the Denver Art Museum supported by Jana and Fred Bartlit. Photo by Jeff Wells. #3