"CROCKERY"
March 25 through June 27, 2005
Curated by:
LORI ORTIZ
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Three Brooklyn painters in Crockery use dishes to make art. Working 
in divergent ways, they underscore arts non-utilitarian function by 
mining the formal or conceptual in their subject. In doing so, they 
communicate that deep unspeakable connection.

Susan Hamburger's dinnerware sets are decorated with delicately 
hand wrought scenes of historic Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She puts 
an ironic twist on the collectible souvenir. Hamburger  exhibits 
her paintings and installations extensively in Brooklyn and beyond. 
An installation of her plates was seen in Cuchifrito's 2004 "Market 
Value."

In Rachel Youen's still life, the dinner table is a site for an 
ontological centerpiece. She  manipulates a signature palette of 
tertiary colors to methodically rebuild her compositions on canvas. 
She exalts the everyday,  calling into question notions of the valued 
and precious. Youens has been featured in shows at The Painting 
Center and 55 Mercer. She teaches at Pratt and Parsons and is a 
respected critic.

Daphne Cummings exhibits her painterly color sense in poetic 
installations of Pyrex that subsequently become photo opportunities. 
The plain bowls become animated in their  juxtapositions. Her large, 
color-field abstract paintings were recently seen at N3 Project Space 
in Williamsburg.

The Crockery artists take decor to obsession, creating visual feasts. 
In the process, the quotidian becomes the special.

SUSAN HAMBURGER
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Rural Scenes, a new set of dinnerware 
cut-outs from her faux Spode series.  
Pairing a centuries old English 
porcelain pattern with images from a 
recent trip out west, these "paper 
plates" are displayed in a foamcore 
cabinet. 

The work has been made possible, in 
part, through a Chashama AREA Visual 
Arts Studio Award and a Jentel 
Foundation Residency, Banner, WY.

LEFT cabinet: (left to right)

Top: 8" plate, 5" saucer-
       Crow Indian Reservation, Rt 90, WY

Middle: 5" saucer, 8"plate- Sheridan Airport, WY
           5" saucer- Banner, WY

Bottom: 8" plate- Banner, WY
            S&P Shakers, tall pitcher-Sheridan, WY

RIGHT cabinet: (left to right)

Top: 8" plate, 5" plate-
       Crow Indian Reservation, Rt 90, WY
Middle: 4 teacups, short pitcher-
           Lower Piney Creek Rd., Banner, WY
Bottom: 13" platter- Billings, MT

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13" platter- Billings, MT

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8" plate- Banner, WY
S&P Shakers, Tall Pitcher-Sheridan, WY

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4 teacups, short pitcher-
Lower Piney Creek Rd., Banner, WY

RACHEL YOUENS
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The challenge of the still life genre to 
observe and record, to see and 
reconstruct resides in those types of 
situations that Meyer Shapiro says 
"hold action in potential" alongside 
"the freedom of possibility." 

All works oil on linen.

CROCKERY SALON

LEFT:
Top:
Audience 2004
Loaf & Biscotti 2004
Middle:
Brick 2004
Bottom: 
Study 2005
Study 2005


CROCKERY SALON

RIGHT:
Top:
Study 2003
Middle:
Tower 2005
Construction 2003
Bottom:
The Red Table 2004


"Study"
   2003


"Construction with wood, 
fruit and melon."
                 2003

"The Red Table"
        2004

DAPHNE CUMMINGS
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The site-specific "Trop-i-cal" groups 
pyrex bowls against a photograph of 
same,  setting up a push/pull of 
spatial elements and color.

"Trop-i-cal"
2005
Installation
Pyrex bowls and photography.

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