Virginie Besengez

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“I am inspired by the urban landscapes around me, the architecture of the North and by the austere aesthetic of Flemish still-life. I like plain clay, monochrome compositions. I shape my pieces and accumulate them according to an imaginary plan, to create installations in search of the perfect balance.

I have a feeling for everyday objects, for the physical relationship we have with them (the closeness we have to them) for the way they wear out.

My work on pans enable me to confront the apparent solidity of the piece which hits the collective subconscious, with the fragility of clay.” Virginie Besengez

Virginie Besengez draws her inspiration from nature. She is interested in the movement, repetition in the landscapes that are constantly changing with the wind and the light. ‘Like a photographer I would like to capture a moment in time by creating forms and curves similar to those found in nature. The texture of the surfaces of my vessels achieved by polishing, grinding and also raku firing is very important to me.’

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Rafa Pérez

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“My work is about surprising myself and the audience, using white porcelain and black earthenware clay, fired at high temperature. The black earthenware expands, thus creating a volcanic landscape. It is not just a natural landscape, because it is directed by me. I have created the cuttings from the beginning, but still the aspect of surprise is always present, because what happens in the kiln is unpredictable.” Rafael Pérez

The distinguishing characteristic of Perez`s work is its apparently matter-of fact use of ceramic materials and methods to dispel rather than reinforce the sense of ceramics as a discipline. Clay is undeniably the central, material component of his work, but it is utilized in such a way as to make problematic the distinction between ceramics and painting, sculpture or even performance. Perez orients his activity within the boundaries of physics and his transgression of the traditional.

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

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

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.

Shamai Gibsh: Bottles, D:12-15 cm, H:35-42 cm. Stoneware, terra sigillata. Horse Hair Raku.

Shamai Gibsh: Bottles, D:12-15 cm, H:35-42 cm. Stoneware, terra sigillata. Horse Hair Raku.