The Frank Lloyd Gallery is pleased to present " 3-D", an on-line exhibit of three refined and respected ceramic artists:
Roseline Delisle (1952-2003) is remembered for her exquisite, slender forms and the precision of her surfaces. She is noted also for the unification of opposites--vertical forms are striped with horizontal bands, sharp profiles are softened by a smooth, rich surface, and the nearly mechanical precision is offset by their obvious figurative references.
Technical and formal concerns are one means of access, but another is the presence and historical awareness. For instance, Delisle cited as influences the Suprematist drawings of Malevich, and the Constructivist ballet designs of Oskar Schlemmer. Her primary influences in the world of ceramics were Lucie Rie (for her delicacy of form, and use of line) and John Mason (for his monumentality and minimalism). Roseline Delisle passed away in 2003, but her work is in the collections of museums such as the Metropolitan in New York; the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Montréal, Canada; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Wouter Dam (born 1957) is the son of an architect in Utrecht, Netherlands, Dam was encouraged to explore form and beauty from a young age. In 1975, the artist entered the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, studying with Jan van der Vaart and beginning his explorations of shape and volume that would continue throughout his career.
Dam's early works hint at the direction his oeuvre would take, although they maintained a functionality that his mature sculptures have abandoned. These vessel forms, beginning to break from the symmetry of the classical vases they were inspired by, still suggest a latent ability to contain. In contrast, David Pagel of The Los Angeles Times describes Dam's later tabletop sculptures as "delightfully useless" forms that "articulate a radically different notion of beauty, in which oddness and exaggeration satisfy the needs once fulfilled by symmetry."
Richard DeVore (1933-2006) was widely respected in the world of ceramic sculpture, and as an educator. His mature body of work revolves around the vessel form, with a glance inside revealing a smooth hollowed bottom, a doubled interior floor, or even a thin, membranous shelf. The earth and flesh tones of his pots simultaneously evoke the tactility of human skin and the complexity of landscape. Within his self-imposed parameters, DeVore created a rich and diverse body of work, each piece subtly distinct.
His work is represented in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2008, Richard DeVore was honored with a major retrospective and monograph produced by The Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.