Arty or not, we've all tried to draw or paint as children (at the very least). Many of us, after discovering how difficult it is to accurately recreate something as simple as an apple or a plant just give up and resort to stick figures for the rest of our lives.
And, trust me, I can draw a mean stick figure.
For the figurative artist (one who replicates the things we see in reality) I often hold an automatic respect for their skill level alone.
But it's when they start amping it up and taking figurative work to new levels that I become completely wowed.
Kurt Weiser is one of these artists. The well known and well respected ceramicist has a studio in Tempe and works with porcelain vessels. With masterful painting skill, multiple firings and tremendous vision, Weiser paints sumptuous classical scenes on his three-dimensional pieces. Just take a look at a few examples:
Weiser's work has made it into the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art, the National Museum of History in Taiwan, the Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art and Institute of Ceramics, Shigaraki, Japan, the Los Angeles County Art Museum, the Carnegie Mellon University and others.
His touring exhibition, Eden Revisited: The Ceramic Art of Kurt Weiser, shows works from the past 30 years, pulled from the ASU Art Museum's permanent collection as well as other private and public collections nation-wide. It's a mid-career survey with 40 ceramic sculptures.
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The show is open now but this Friday, February 20th may be the time you want to head in. At 11 a.m., Kurt Weiser will be hosting a talk as a part of ASU's ongoing "Conversations @ 11" series and the opening reception will be that evening from 7-9 p.m.