An Interview with Phyllis Kudder Sullivan

In the course of preparing for a show, we get the privilege of sitting down with the artist and learning about their process and sources of inspiration. This fall we spoke with Phyllis about her upcoming exhibition “Vortex with Gold Line Series”

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1. Tell me how your relatonship with art started and did you start (as a) ceramicist?
I can’t remember a time when I was not passionate about art making.
My ceramic career started as an undergraduate in a required ceramic class where I fell in love with the material. Primarily a painter focused on two-dimensional patterns and textures of surface, clay introduced me to the realm of structure.

2. Where did you study?
More important than where I studied was the ceramicist with whom I studied. Professor Rose Krebs was a noted Bauhaus-trained ceramic artist. She was my MFA mentor at Long Island University, a friend and a source of inspiration and wisdom.

3. Tell me about your philosophy or the philosophies that you follow as an artist?
I make time for play in the studio. It’s not easy, but having the time and space to enjoy working, or just thinking, without expectation of a finished body of work is a gift I give to myself. Artist residencies, national or international, take me out of the familiar and are a critical part of my creative process. I find that new experiences generate ideas that can germinate over time and, sometimes, lead to new avenues of exploration.

4. Tell me about the series that we will be showing in your upcoming exhibition?
My Vortex With Gold Line Series is an extension of the Vortex Series.
In the Vortex Series the shifting grids of my organic net-like structures completely envelop the inner space without giving any apparent indication of where the coils of clay start or end. Like the Klein boJle, a mathematical construct, my net-like sculptures blur the border between inside and outside, giving the illusion that I am constructing with voids. And it is the volume, the emptiness within the walls, that dark, mysterious living space, which is at the heart of my work. In the new Vortex With Gold Line Series I pay tribute to the Japanese philosophy of kintsugi. After multiple firings for strength and color I apply a gold leaf composite, not to mend, but to draw attention to a single thread.

5. What would you like people to think or feel when they see your artwork?
Intrigue. I would hope that my work resonates with people on a deeper level. I’d like viewers to take away a sense of space as a tangible that can evoke memories of place.

An Interview with Phyllis Kudder Sullivan

Phyllis Kudder Sullivan “Vortex with Gold Line Series”

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Lois Lambert Gallery presents “Vortex with Gold Line Series” a series of ceramic sculptures from artist Phyllis Kudder Sullivan.

For the past 25 years Phyllis Kudder Sullivan has developed and honed the technique of interlacing clay coils to construct organic forms whose undulating “woven” walls completely envelop the inner space. Her fabrication method brings an over-and-under system associated with weaving of textiles into the third dimension.

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The open grid of her net like constructions allows visual access to the energized interior space and gives the illusion of constructing with voids. It is the volume, the emptiness between the walls that is the heart of her work. In the Vortex With Gold Line Series Sullivan pays tribute to the Japanese philosophy of Kintsugi. After multiple firings for strength and color she applies a gold leaf composite, not to mend, but to draw attention to a single thread.

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Phyllis Kudder Sullivan is a professor of art at Long Island University in New York. Her work has shown internationally and across the United States and she has been awarded multiple artist residencies around the world.

Phyllis Kudder Sullivan “Vortex with Gold Line Series”

Phyllis Kudder Sullivan: Earlier works

This November we are pleased to welcome back Phyllis Kudder Sullivan to our main gallery space with “Vortex with Gold Line Series”. The last time we had the honor of exhibiting Sullivan was in 2011 and celebration of the new collection we decided to take a look back

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Using white stoneware clay, she interlaces coils together in a singular and self-contained form. In the Vortices series, Kudder Sullivan continues the inward-looking theme of world-within-worlds through an architectural approach to the vessel. She explores the subtle nuances of the hidden, hollow, inner space, a requisite characteristic of both the clay vessel and architecture. The technique of interlacing allows her to address issues of fragility and strength, density and porosity; and convey the concept of containment while blurring the boundaries between in and out.

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The winner of the Medaille d’Or for Sculpture in the XIV Biennale Internationale de Ceramique d’Art in Vallauris, France, Phyllis Kudder Sullivan was also awarded an Honorable Mention in the 4th World Ceramic Biennale 2007 in Korea. She has been the recipient of artist-in-residence grants in Japan, Turkey and China, and in the United States. Since 2004, Kudder Sullivan has served on the Advisory Board for Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.

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 Phyllis Kudder Sullivan, a resident of Brooklyn, NY, has exhibited her ceramic sculpture in one-person and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and internationally. She won the Medaille d’Or for Sculpture in the XIV Biennale Internationale de Ceramique d’Art in Vallauris, France, and was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 4th World Ceramic Biennale 2007 in Korea. Her work has been reviewed by The New York Times and has appeared in numerous articles and books, most recently, 500 Ceramic Sculptures, by Glen Brown, Ph.D

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Sullivan has been the recipient of artist-in-residence grants in Japan, Turkey and China, as well as, the U.S. Since 2004, Kudder Sullivan has served on the Advisory Board for Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. She is a Professor of Art at Long Island University – C.W. Post Campus.

Phyllis Kudder Sullivan: Earlier works

Ted Swiet “Fragmentalism”

Lois Lambert Gallery presents “Fragmentalism” a series of mixed media works by the artist Ted Swiet.

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Building on his previous concepts of capturing the intangible, Ted Swiet has created a collection of mixed media pieces focused on the ephemeral nature of time. The Work is an exposition about uncertainty and change examining spaces and a moment between instances.

In one series of works, Ted accomplishes this feat by utilizing the imagery of the film leader or count down present at the beginning of traditional reel-to-reel films. Each second is broken down into multiple segments which when viewed from head on creates a singular image, yet from any other angle the moment is dissolved into its respective parts.

Pulling concepts from the world around him, fashion to suspension bridges to nature itself, Swiet creates art pieces that demonstrate composition, balance, engineering and flow. Approaching the work as a problem that needs to be solved, Ted finds a medium that speaks to him and through interacting with the material determines what to do next. It is by a method of trial and error that his work evolves into a completed piece that satisfies the artist.
Swiet’s background in arts, graphic design, interior architecture and product design has allowed him to become a versatile, multi-faceted artist who melds elements of fine art, engineering and pop culture to create precise, insightful works. Ted is inspired by artists of many different realms including Rube Goldberg, David Bowie, Stanley Kubrick, David Sadaris, Jasper Johns, Jim Dine, and Steve Jobs.

Ted Swiet is a graduate of San Francisco State University, and was named one of San Francisco’s “Top 100 Innovators” by Levi Strauss & Co. His work has been collected all over the world including Japan, London and New York.

 

Ted Swiet “Fragmentalism”

MIGUEL MILLER PRESENTS “Origins” IN HOUSE Lamm

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The exhibition consists of 22 photographs, highlights the feminine beauty and the feelings that emerge from them using natural elements such as plants and clay that highlight the expressive elements of those “women of clay”, bathed in light.

“It is a tribute to female beauty, each of the photographs in this exhibition is designed in that. My idea is to show that man and nature can live in complete harmony, and also, the result can be very beautiful. “Discuss Miguel Millo.

Millo, is part of the permanent catalog of artists from the Gallery Casa Lamm in Mexico City, his works have participated in specialized auctions like Mexico Live at the Museum of Modern Art supporting people with HIV, and where his work Magic Boxes (Gea) was used as a cover in the seventh edition.

“Origins” will be presented from Thursday to Wednesday January 2 at Gallery Casa Lamm, located in Alvaro Obregon 99 Roma Norte, Cuauhtemoc, 06700 Mexico City, Federal District.

 

MIGUEL MILLER PRESENTS “Origins” IN HOUSE Lamm

Origins of Miguel Millo in Casa Lamm

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Gallery facilities Casa Lamm prepare to host the first solo exhibition by Mexican artist Miguel Millo, who will present their work from the December 5, 2012 and until January 02 next year.

“Origins” is the title of the exhibition, consisting of 22 photographic works that highlight the beauty of different women of clay, decorated with nature and bathed in light that come together in an explosive expression, which is in addition to colorful, highly emotional.

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“It is a tribute to feminine beauty, each of the photographs in this exhibition is designed in that. My idea is to show that man and nature can live in complete harmony, and also, the result can be very beautiful, “says Miguel Millo.

 

 

Millo, is part of the permanent catalog of artists from the Gallery Casa Lamm in Mexico City, his works have participated in specialized auctions like Mexico Live at the Museum of Modern Art supporting people with HIV, and where his work Magic Boxes (Gea) was used as a cover in the seventh edition.

This December 5, Casa Lamm will open its doors to present the work of Miguel Millo, with which close another year, to promote culture and national talent.

 

       Photos: Courtesy Casa Lamm

More information:

Casa Lamm http://www.casalamm.com.mx

November 30th, 2012 | Posted in Events with tags 2012, Casa Lamm, Exhibitions, Miguel Millo, Origen.
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Origins of Miguel Millo in Casa Lamm

Origins of Miguel Millo

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This artist creates works because he is born, but also because she says there’s a voice inside that compels him to make him happy and obey that call, it feels good to be a subject of creativity, as well maintains an obsession with beauty. So declared, Miguel Millo, photographer by profession, referring to his latest exhibition entitled Origins.

 

“I’m always looking for languid and perfect bodies. Of looks that convey the feelings you want to project in my work. Nature is a fundamental part of my work, plants, flowers, stems, seeds, everything that nature gives us. The clay pigments shape a new body. All this with a large baking ingredient, finding aesthetics. ”

 

This coincides with the artist Jorge Marin, stating that Miguel Millo “creation is obsession and fascination with various compositions spice with everything around him. This takes over the most of the language of nature, especially gimmicky and expressive forms. Use this to dress her and make the protagonist of his work, through which women of clay, decorated with nature and bathed in light, come together in an explosive expression, which is in addition to colorful, highly emotional “.

 

When questioning about his creative process, the speaker explained that in the mornings start early sketches, as the day progresses are being defined, but until it gets to the studio where the magic comes, where he puts the soul to create. First intervenes to model clay and pigments, and then let the brushes and their hands will decide where the color and texture, guided by his eye that looks for beauty and balance. Next step let nature enter the body and finally captures light meticulous creation, always in an enigmatic black background.

 

“My work has additional value because photography is not dependent on finding the ideal landscape for my works, as in the case of my proposal my scenarios are created in its entirety, is something like making clay sculptures and models, and then dress them with nature, to bring-in the language of the body, a feeling, creating light to capture that moment, defined by Jorge Marin as a delight to the eye. That’s just what I’m projecting in my work. ”

 

For Jorge Marin, Millo in Origen, “makes me reconnect with the essence of man, with the intimate moment in which human nature converge in deep dialogue with the entrails of the earth, where mysticism and depth, are revealed in the eyes looking female bodies and witness our own existence. ”

 

After accepting that he works to satisfy their hunger to create and then share their creations with the outside world, said his photographic proposal is different because it is “an intermediate step between painting, sculpture and photography, there is a great quality in all the work , to the point that when I see the potential viewer move something in it sure, definitely motivate you to visit it again, to want to have a picture of Origen or at least take it in your mind. ”

 

The opening of the exhibition Origins of Miguel Millo, will be held on Wednesday, December 5, from 19:30 am in the Central Hall of the Casa Lamm Cultural Center, located at Avenida Alvaro Obregon 99, colony Rome.

 

To see all of the works:

http://www.galeriacasalamm.com.mx/artistas.php?tipo=1&&artista=61

Origins of Miguel Millo