September 8 - October 27, 2018
Thursday - Saturday, noon to 5pm
or by Appointment
Saturday, September 8, 6pm to 9pm
“Perception” will display Chatterley's recent work including ceramic sculptures and two-dimensional mixed media pieces, all with a theme of personal, fantasy, and social commentary.
“Everything is either moving toward or away from nothingness. Life, death, creation and destruction, this is the world I find myself in. I want my art to echo these thoughts. Everything in a state of flux, changing and reforming. A sense of decay along with life. Nothing is permanent and nothing stays the same. I also try to show thoughts and feelings of the human condition. Beauty in the malformed, acceptance of the inevitable. I am doing work of our time for our time, even though I look to the past, the dead, for inspiration.”
About the Artist and his Art:
Artist Mark Chatterley lives and works in Michigan. He creates two-dimensional work, but is renowned for his three-dimensional, larger than life, ceramic sculptures that often focus on the human condition. His imagery has a primordial presence, transcending time, and touches on proportions, relationships and survival. Chatterley’s interest in past cultures, world religions and belief systems is threaded throughout his work.
Averaging use of 18,000 pounds of clay in a given year, Chatterley works using the slab technique to build his sculptures. In his 700 cubic foot kiln, he bisque fires his creations and then works his crater glazes onto the forms before firing until the pieces are vitrified. The painstaking process results in surfaces that feature distinctive craters and flowing details.
When asked about where his ideas come from, Chatterley says, “We are all made up of past experiences and beliefs. That makes each one of us unique, all creating from different places in our lives. Building on past ideas is how we explore and grow. As an artist, art making can be like that. I put ideas together to see what happens.”