Real and Imagined

Ceramics struggle for respect in the art world.

Price, with his titles and his mixing of painted effects, attempts to reconcile opposing features -- which has been his interest all along.

Since photography is a specialty of the gallery -- Judish is interested in particular in experimental photography -- he has supplemented Volume with a small photography show in the back gallery entitled Kodachrome. This exhibit includes the work of seven contemporary photographers from Denver and elsewhere.

David Sharpe, Sarah Timberlake and Susan Moldenhauer create abstracted scenes based on the western landscape; Patricia Barry Levy and Stephen Barker both use the human figure as their taking-off points; and Bob Coller and Ron Pollard create computerized abstract photographs.

"Origin," by Ron Pollard, computer-generated image.
"Origin," by Ron Pollard, computer-generated image.
"Heterogeneous," by Bruce Price, acrylic on Masonite.
"Heterogeneous," by Bruce Price, acrylic on Masonite.

Interestingly, Pollard's two lightjet prints mounted on aluminum, "Origin" and "Translucent World," would be just as appropriate in Volume as they are here since he is a neominimalist like Richards and Price.

Judish may not have had the self-discipline to devote an entire show to ceramics in order to honor NCECA, but he unintentionally did ceramics a favor by putting it in the context of other art forms -- painting, sculpture and photography -- and in that way allowed the medium to stand out among them.

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