“Ceramics & Graphite” at Chert, Berlin
During the summer, Chert will present the work of twenty artists who use ceramics and graphite in their practice.
This is an exhibition focused on mark-making with solid gestures and a kinetic immediacy of expression at the hand of a spiky pencil or a malleable putty. An exhibition that invests in the expressive physicality of the materials.
To make an exhibition with the medium as its foundation is to start at the very beginning of the work.
To build an exhibition grounded by two humble materials, contests the turbulent, present-day-ness of a digitalised, pixelated culture.
Reckoning the tacit labour involved in the crafting.
Clay and pencil have endured the restless consumption of a culture driven by an attention deficit disorder.
Disregarding the slick apathy of digital surfaces for a glorious, sometimes grotesque, handmade reality.
Reducing the variables to see what happens.
That is, to open a window (or a vitrine) on contemporary drawing and sculpture, and view the work through the binoculars of the medium.
The earthly timelessness of ceramics and graphite references the historicity of the medium, echoing ancient, almost archaeological artefacts. (Remember these materials facilitated the first marks of art-making.)
Solid, traditional mediums expressing contemporary customs and rituals.
Clay is a material that takes on aspects of the body, and shows the traces of its making.
Here are works that adopt the language of their own production.
The gesture of a pencil, and its erasures, is a return to planning, drafting and refining a skill.
The effort is not hard to see; the work involved is evident in the workability of the medium.
Forming, deforming and reforming these two visceral, immediate materials.
With Laura Aldridge, Felicia Atkinson, Peppi Bottrop, Lucy Coggle, Tommaso Corvi-Mora, Emilie Ding, Jérémie Gindre, Emma Hart, Hannah James, Klara Kayser, Marthe Krüger, Bevis Martin and Charlie Youle, Lucie Mi?íková, Diogo Pimentão, Vanessa Safavi, Erik Steinbrecher, Ignacio Uriarte, J. Parker Valentine, Renata Ward.
until 22 August 2015
Klara Kayser, Pedantic pose/romantic rose, 2014
Peppi Bottrop, LNG8, 2015
Lucie Micikova, Flower Pot, 2015
Bevis Martin and Charlie Youle, Pasta Necklace, 2015
J.Parker Valentine, Untitled (Broken Symmetry), 2015
Laura Aldridge, Towards some openaries (1), (2), (3), 2014
Vanessa Safavi, Doigts de Mer, 2014
Emma Hart, Spread Legs, 2015
Diogo Pimentao, Bouffee D’Air, 2009
Emma Hart, Big Mouth, 2013
Ignacio Uriarte, Accumulative clock, 2006
Emilie Ding, Reference piece. New work being made for exhibition, 2015
Tommaso Corvi Mora, Tea set, 2015
Hannah James, The Wrestler and the Crab (audio+sculpture version), 2015
Renata Ward, Esibizionista, 2014
Klara Kayser, Candlestick, 2013
Marthe Krüger, 2013
Félicia Atkinson, This shouldn’t be a dialogue: a score as an argument, 2015
Erik Steinbrecher, MEHR TROUBLE MIT DER ANIMA, 2015
Jérémie Gindre, Le Présent, 2011
Lucy Coggle, Unsmudged, 2013
“Ceramics & Graphite” installation view at Chert, Berlin
Courtesy: the artists and Chert, Berlin. Photos: Lucas Jacques Witz.