Marc Leuthold is an artist who lives and works in Shanghai and New York. He is a citizen of the United States and Switzerland. Leuthold has graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Master’s in Fine Arts in 1988 and currently teaches at the State University of New York and Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts.
Leuthold has exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington DC, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Recent exhibitions in Shanghai include a duo-solo show at ART LABOR Gallery and major installation works at the Wutong Art Museum and the China Art Museum. He won one of the major prizes in the first Blanc de Chine International Porcelain competition.
Marc Leuthold is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics since 1999 and the Swiss Ceramics Association since 2006.
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Most often, I make sculptures from clay, discrete objects that I exhibit sometimes singularly and sometimes in dialogue with one another in installation environments. In these environments, I often incorporate other media such as wood, glass, paper, bronze, and literary texts. The installations are the more overtly conceptual works often referencing social justice concerns – sometimes within a context of relational aesthetics.
Many of the sculptures refuse to plainly identify themselves. While their identities may be unnamable, they are distinct, composite forms suggesting transition: temporal, cultural, male and female, nature and artifice.
Through the medium and processes of clay, there is a play between the soft and hard, fluid and crystalline. An element of surprise occurs in the studio, sometimes yielding unexpected forms, surfaces, and colors. This leads to re-invention, experimentation, and openness. By harnessing this sense of chance within the practice, I explore new directions. Even when repeated, forms are inherently unrepeatable.